The Basic Recruit Law Enforcement Training Program at Northwest Florida State College is 770 hours in length. The Basic Recruit Correctional Officer Training Program is 420 hours in length. These academies must be completed in their entirety before an individual is eligible for certification as an officer in the State of Florida. Curriculum for the programs is established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).
The Basic Recruit Law Enforcement/Correctional Officer Programs are designed as intensive programs of study. The programs focus on training students to be successful in their studies, to develop strong ethics and professionalism, and to operate efficiently while under pressure. Students are expected to develop and demonstrate, by their conduct, the seriousness of their intentions to pursue a career in the Criminal Justice profession.