Selection Center

The Academy Selection Center is an affiliate of the IRSC Criminal Justice Institute. The sole purpose of the Selection Center is to test applicants through various means to determine if the applicant is trainable and if the applicant possesses those traits that might make them hireable after academy training. Students applying to the Law Enforcement Academy or Corrections Academy must first be processed through the Academy Selection Center.
Law Enforcement and Corrections Academies are selective admission programs.
Applicants must complete the selection procedures outlined below prior to acceptance into these training programs. Applicants who meet the minimum criteria in all areas will be scheduled for the next available Academy.
Please review the Criminal Justice Selection Center Policy Manual before proceeding further. After doing so, if you have a question regarding your eligibility, contact the Selection Center before applying. 
Proposed Academy dates and applications are found at the bottom of the page. 
  • Be at least 19 years of age by the time of academy completion for Law Enforcement Academy and at least 18 years of age for Corrections Academy.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have graduated from High School or have obtained a state-issued GED certificate or equivalent, as determined acceptable by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • Possess a valid driver's license. The applicant must have a valid Florida Driver License at the time of the Academy entry.
  • Be of good moral character, as defined in the Selection Center Policy Manual. 
  • Not have been convicted of ANY felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statements as the terms are defined by law, regardless of whether or not adjudication has been withheld. 
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Not have falsified their application or personal history forms.
  • Not have used marijuana for two years prior to application. This must have been a casual use (not more than 25 times).
  • Not have ever used, transported, grown, manufactured or sold any illegal substance other than the marijuana exception as previously noted. 
  • Not have had a suspended driver's license for three years prior to application.
  • Other eligibility requirements are defined in greater depth in the Selection Center Policy Manual.

Step 1: Testing

Prior to the beginning of the selection process, the applicant must successfully pass:

Step 2: Application
Once the above testing is successfully completed,
the selection process will begin.
Please allow at least 90 days prior to the projected start of an Academy. The applicant must download the following forms found at the end of this section:
  • Personal History Questionnaire*
  • CJSTC form 75
  • Selection Center Policy Manual
*A medical examination from a licensed physician is required with the Personal History Questionnaire but is not included as part of the Selection Center testing fee. The completed CJSTC medical forms, 75, and a copy of the EKG must be submitted with the Personal History Questionnaire.
Applicants must schedule an appointment with the Selection Center Coordinator to return their Personal History Questionnaire. 
Please call (772) 462-7961 or (772) 462-7943 to schedule this appointment.
Step 3: Processing
The Region XI Selection Center testing processing fee is
$545 which includes:
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Criminal History Check
  • Fingerprint
  • Background Investigation
An additional fee will be charged by the St. Lucie County Court House
of $25.00 for a drug screen. 
All tests except the medical examination will be scheduled
by Selection Center Personnel.
Jody Edwards
Selection Center Assistant
Pierre Pacheco
Selection Center Coordinator