Law Enforcement Academy

  • The Indian River State College, Criminal Justice Institute is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct authorized Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission courses, to include the Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program, or more commonly known as the Police Academy. Law enforcement officers are responsible for the investigation of crimes, and enforcement of state statutes and local ordinances.
  • The Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training program consists of 848 hours of training. It is currently offered five times throughout the year. Daytime academies are scheduled quarterly, with starting dates in January, April, July and September. One evening academy is offered per year, which starts in May. Students have the option of picking either academy to suit their personal preference.
  • The daytime academy is approximately 24 weeks in length, generally meeting Monday-Friday, from 0745-1700. The evening academy generally meets Monday-Friday, from 1715-2130, and occasionally on Saturdays, for a period of approximately 44 weeks.
  • Student-recruits wear academy uniforms and participate in a highly structured and disciplined classroom environment. The current cost for the academy is $3298.40 for Florida residents. This amount is not inclusive of Selection Center testing process fees.  
  • Applications for Law Enforcement academies are accepted throughout the year. Please go to the Starting Your Career section and schedule an appointment to take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) and the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to start the screening process.
  • For more information about the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit program, contact: