Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Academy

Law Enforcement Basic Recruit 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 Academy is a selective admission program.
Please visit the "Selection Center" page for application procedures.  
The Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program consists of 848 hours of training with hours being incorporated into either of the two academy schedule options.
Daytime Academy:
Approximately 24 Weeks in Length
Generally Meets Monday-Friday, Occasionally Saturday for Physical Training
0745-1700,  May require some nights during the High Liablity areas 
Evening Academy:
Approximately 44 Weeks in Length
Generally Meets Monday-Friday, Occasionally Saturday  for Physical Training
(Click here for information on class availability and how to start the application process)
*Students have the option of picking either Academy to suit their personal preference
Student-recruits wear Academy uniforms and participate in a highly structured and disciplined classroom environment.
The Law Enforcement Academy is eligible for financial aid.
Applications for Law Enforcement academies are accepted throughout the year.
Please go to the Selection Center section and schedule an appointment to take the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) and the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to start the screening process.
This is a selective admission program. Acceptance is based on successful completion of the selection process.
  • Be at least 19 years of age by the time of academy completion.
  • 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 one year prior to application. 
  • 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 license for three years prior to application (unless the suspension/revocation was due to an administrative error or financial error.
  • Other eligibility requirements are defined in greater depth in the Selection Center Policy Manual.
  • Successfully pass the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) and Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
Successful completion of the Law Enforcement Academy opens the door for many different employment agencies.
A few of the possible agency options are:
  • Police Departments
  • Sheriff's Office
  • Highway Patrol
Career Opportunity
General Salary Range*
Police Patrol Officer $35,682-$75,139
Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff $35,682-$75,139
*Salary ranges represent typical starting salaries to highly experienced workers. These ranges can differ depending on city, county, and state.
To learn more about pay ranges, growth, and local job posting,
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After graduation, attending advanced classes and/or joining an association can be one of the most important steps that you can make in your career development. These steps can provide everything from career advancement to industry recognition.
Below are a few of the industry-specific advanced classes and associations that can help you develop your career.
Advanced Classes Associations
Breath Test Operator* Florida Sheriffs Association
Crisis Intervention* Fraternal Order of Police
Domestic Intervention & Investigations* Florida Police Benevolent Association
*You must be a certified law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or employee of a criminal justice agency to register for these classes.