Criminal Justice Institute - Academy Programs

    Correctional Officer (CIP # 0743010200)

    Law Enforcement Officer (CIP # 0743010700)

    Crossover: Corrections to Law Enforcement (CIP # 0743010702)

    Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer (CIP # 0743010701)

Career Certificates

Vocational Credit Certificates
Limited-Access

As the population of Florida increases, the need for qualified law enforcement and correctional officers must correspondingly increase to meet the need. Criminal justice is a demanding profession, requiring the individual to have a working knowledge of law and criminal offenses, knowledge of apprehension and detention techniques, effective verbal and written communication skills, and excellent public and interpersonal relations skills.

Admission to these programs is limited. Applicants much achieve at least a minimum score on the required entry assessment.

Successful completion of either the Correctional Officer or the Law Enforcement Officer program, as well as a passing grade on the State of Florida Certification Examination, is required for a career as a sworn officer in corrections or law enforcement regardless of any other criminal justice training or degree work which may have been completed.

Potential Careers

  • Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Correctional Officer
  • Law Enforcement Officer

Salary & Earnings Information

Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs - $35,000 per year
Corrections - $30,000 per year

Contacts

School of Public Safety: 407-582-8200
Dr. Jeffrey Goltz, Executive Dean, 407-582-8265
jgoltz@valenciacollege.edu

Dave Heffernan, Managing Director, 407-582-8212
dheffernan@valenciacollege.edu

Heidi Shugg, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-8155
hshugg1@valenciacollege.edu

For more information, visit our website at: valenciacollege.edu/cji

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Once you have earned your certification as a Correctional Officer or Law Enforcement Officer through Valencia's Criminal Justice Institute, you may be eligible to receive credit toward Valencia's A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology. For more information, visit: valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm

Correctional Officer

Career Certificate

This program is designed to prepare individuals as Correctional Officers. Program content includes the criminal justice system; weapons, basic law and legal procedures; correctional operations; communication; interpersonal skills; CPR and first aid, defensive tactics; investigation procedures; physical security considerations, and emergency preparedness techniques.

After completion of the program, students must take and pass a state examination to be certified in the State of Florida.

See the Admissions section of this catalog for admissions information and contact the Criminal Justice Institute office for admission requirements and procedures. Program expenses are given in the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Program Outcomes

  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic correctional officer skills and knowledge in high liability training areas.
  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic correctional officer knowledge in non-high liability training areas.
  • Students must complete the state mandated physical training requirements.
  • Students must practice professional responsibility in accordance with the Criminal Justice Institute’s regulations manual.
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
CJK 0031FIRST AID FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICERS 401.333
CJK 0040CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIREARMS. 802.667
CJK 0051CMS CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEFENSIVE TACTICS 802.667
CJK 0340OFFICER WELLNESS AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS 301.000
CJK 0300INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS 321.067
CJK 0305COMMUNICATIONS 401.333
CJK 0310OFFICER SAFETY 160.533
CJK 0315FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT 80.267
CJK 0320INTAKE AND RELEASE 180.600
CJK 0325SUPERVISING IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY 401.333
CJK 0330SUPERVISING SPECIAL POPULATIONS 200.667
CJK 0335RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES 160.533
Total Credit Hours42014.000
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
Other suggested course
CJD 0939CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXAM REVIEW 240.800

 

Law Enforcement Officer

Career Certificate

This program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in law enforcement, such as police officers and deputy sheriffs. Program content includes introduction to criminal justice, legal knowledge, patrol techniques, defensive tactics, vehicle operation, weapons, investigations, CPR and first aid, court system, communications and interpersonal skills.

After completion of the program, students must take and pass a state examination to be certified in the State of Florida.

See the Admissions section of this catalog for admissions information and contact the Criminal Justice Institute office for admission requirements and procedures. Program expenses are given in the Financial Information section of this catalog. This program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Program Outcomes

  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic recruit law enforcement skills and knowledge in high liability training areas.
  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic recruit law enforcement knowledge in non-high-liability training areas.
  • Students must complete the state mandated physical training requirements.
  • Students must practice professional responsibility in accordance with the Criminal Justice Institute’s regulations manual.
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
CJK 0001INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT 100.333
CJK 0012LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGAL 622.067
CJK 0020LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE OPERATIONS 481.600
CJK 0031FIRST AID FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICERS 401.333
CJK 0040CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIREARMS. 802.667
CJK 0051CMS CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEFENSIVE TACTICS 802.667
CJK 0077LAW ENFORCEMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS 501.667
CJK 0087LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAFFIC STOPS 301.000
CJK 0084LAW ENFORCEMENT DUI TRAFFIC STOPS 240.800
CJK 0088LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAFFIC CRASH INVESTIGATIONS 321.067
CJK 0096CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICER PHYSICAL FITNESS 602.000
CJK 0422DART FIRING STUN GUN 80.267
CJK 0013INTERACTIONS IN A DIVERSE COMMUNITY 401.333
CJK 0014INTERVIEWING AND REPORT WRITING 561.867
CJK 0064FUNDAMENTALS OF PATROL 351.167
CJK 0065CALLS FOR SERVICE 361.200
CJK 0078FROM CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM 351.167
CJK 0092CRITICAL INCIDENTS 441.467
Total Credit Hours77025.669
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
Other suggested course:
CJD 0939CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXAM REVIEW 240.800

 

Crossover: Corrections to Law Enforcement

Career Certificate

This program is designed to prepare individuals who have completed the Correctional Officer program or who currently are certified as correctional officers for entry-level positions in law enforcement, such as police officers and deputy sheriffs. This cross-training program allows for flexibility in scheduling.

After completion of the program, students must take and pass a state examination to be certified in the State of Florida.

See the Admissions section of this catalog for admissions information and contact the Criminal Justice Institute office for admission requirements and procedures. Program expenses are given in the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Program Outcomes

  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic recruit law enforcement skills and knowledge in high-liability training areas.
  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic recruit law enforcement knowledge in non-high-liability training areas.
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
CJK 0001INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT 100.330
CJK 0012LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGAL 622.070
CJK 0013INTERACTIONS IN A DIVERSE COMMUNITY 401.330
CJK 0014INTERVIEWING AND REPORT WRITING 561.870
CJK 0064FUNDAMENTALS OF PATROL 351.170
CJK 0065CALLS FOR SERVICE 361.200
CJK 0077LAW ENFORCEMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS 501.670
CJK 0078FROM CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM 351.170
CJK 0092CRITICAL INCIDENTS 441.470
CJK 0087LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAFFIC STOPS 301.000
CJK 0084LAW ENFORCEMENT DUI TRAFFIC STOPS 240.800
CJK 0088LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAFFIC CRASH INVESTIGATIONS 321.070
CJK 0393CROSS-OVER PROGRAM UPDATES 80.267
CJK 0020LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE OPERATIONS 481.600
CJK 0422DART FIRING STUN GUN 80.267
Total Credit Hours51817.284
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
Other suggested course:
CJD 0939CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXAM REVIEW 240.800

Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer

Career Certificate

This program is designed to prepare individuals who have completed the Law Enforcement Volunteer program for entry level volunteer positions as Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officers.

Program Outcomes

  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic recruit law enforcement skills and knowledge in high-liability training areas.
  • Students must demonstrate state mandated basic recruit auxiliary law enforcement knowledge in non-high-liability training areas.
Course Title Contact Hours
CJK 0240LAW ENFORCEMENT AUXILIARY INTRODUCTION 27
CJK 0241LAW ENFORCEMENT AUX PATROL AND TRAFFIC 19
CJK 0242LAW ENFORCEMENT AUXILIARY INVESTIGATIONS 17
CJK 0422DART FIRING STUN GUN 8
CJK 0031FIRST AID FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICERS 40
CJK 0040CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIREARMS. 80
CJK 0051CMS CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEFENSIVE TACTICS 80
CJK 0020LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLE OPERATIONS 48
Total Credit Hours319

Notes:

The Criminal Justice Institute programs are offered at the Criminal Justice Institute located at 8600 Valencia College Lane (near the East Campus).

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.