North Florida Community College is one of the 40 approved Criminal Justice Training Centers certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) to teach Law and Corrections Basic Recruit classes. This program is designed for students who wish to attend part time, evenings and weekends to complete full law enforcement and/or corrections training. Students wishing to take crossover training may register and attend portions of training required for their program. The course is scheduled on a year round revolving sequence with students being admitted at the beginning of any course block.
To enter the academy the following requirements must be met:
- Must not have been convicted or plead guilty to ANY criminal
offense involving moral character as defined by 11B.27.0011 F.A.C.
- Pass the Law Enforcement Basic Abilities Test. Please call ahead
to schedule your test (850-973-9451)
- Complete the FAFSA Application (on-line) to determine federal
student loan or PELL.
- Complete and submit an NFCC application.
- Have an official high school (and college) transcript submitted
from your school to NFCC.
- Obtain a letter of sponsorship from a local law enforcement
agency. This letter simply means that they have conducted a local records check
on you and that your record is clear as outlined above.
- Must be fingerprinted at NFCC for forwarding to FDLE.
- Pass physical fitness exam (Form 75-B.)
- Pass urinalysis test.
Public Safety Academy programs are eligible for Veterans Assistance (850-973-1620). Assistance may be received from North Florida Workforce Development Inc. at (850-973-9675), Displaced Homemakers (850-973-1664), PELL Grants, Criminal Justice/Public Safety Specific Scholarships (850-973-9452), and other funding agencies. Contact Mrs. Peggy Harris at (850-973-1621) or Debbie Bass at (850-973-1664)for further information.
Classes are conducted part-time (evenings and weekends). Evening hours are
6-11 pm Monday thru Thursday. Some weekends are necessary for driving and firearms. Class schedules are provided each semester. The school observes some major holidays and there are two week breaks in the summer and at Christmas.
Criminal Justice Academy Recruits are required to be uniformed as described in the Recruit Manual. It is suggested that the student purchase a minimum of two sets. Students should purchase uniform type black belts, 1.5 to 2 inches wide, solid leather, no open weave or dangling ends, buckles should be low gloss silver metal. Shoes should be any style acceptable for uniform wear. Black socks must be worn with low quarter shoes. Students not in uniform by the date given for each class will be dismissed from class and be given a failing grade for the course block being taken.
Students will be required to wear Academy clothing for defensive tactics and firearms training. Aerobic or walking shoes will be required. While the style of clothing is now specifically defined, attire for exercise, suitable to the season, and fitting the requirements in the Recruit Manual should be procured for these courses.
Code of Conduct
The Academy is a Para-military school. A strict student Code of Conduct is required of Academy Students. The conduct and consequences for failure to follow the rules are explained in the Recruit Manual provided to all students in the Orientation course.