Our academy prepares you to become a police officer.
The Law Enforcement Academy gives you the training you need to pass the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination. SPC's Southeastern Public Safety Institute is an approved FDLE training center and uses the curriculum of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).
22 weeks7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.Monday through Friday790 hours
Full-time evening academies are held occasionally.
1. Meet the Entry Requirements
You must have completed at least 30 college credits or a full tour of active military service, with an honorable discharge.
2. Complete a Background Check
Complete the Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS) background check for $250.
3. Mail us your PASS Verification Letter
After completing the PASS process you will receive a PASS completion letter. Fax or mail a copy of the letter to the attention of Diana Ospina:
SPC Allstate Center
Attention: Diana Ospina
3200 34th Street South, Room 227
St. Petersburg FL 33711
4. Receive your Registration Packet
If accepted, you will receive a registration packet about one month prior to the start date of the academy. The packet includes further information about uniforms, which cost approximately $275.
How to become a Certified Officer in the state of Florida in:
In-state residents: $4,000
Out-of-state residents: $9,964
Tuition is subject to change. In-state tuition rates only apply to those who can prove Florida residency for at least 12 consecutive months. As part of the admission process, you pay $250 for a background check. Uniforms cost approximately $275.
As a Law Enforcement Academy student, you are eligible for financial aid and can apply Florida Prepaid toward your tuition. You must pay your fees up front.
Financial assistance is available to veterans who qualify. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 727-341-4271 for more information.
The St. Petersburg College Allstate Center is located at 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711. Use the interactive map below to plan your route. Use our campus locator map to locate buildings and classrooms on campus. View hours of operation.
St. Petersburg College P.O. Box 13489St. Petersburg FL 33733-3489727-341-4772