Enjoy serving and helping others? Then a career in public service may be right for you. Modern society could not function without the protection of law enforcement officers, the assistance of emergency responders or support for those who are unable to help themselves, including children and the elderly. Employment within public service includes many positions in professions such as law enforcement, legal services, firefighting, public transportation and social services.

Public services provided by local, state and federal government assist, support and protect citizens of communities. The term "public service" originally described the distribution of gas and water as modern communities evolved. Over time, the term was adapted to describe any service provided to support communities and to assist people in need—whether in the public or private sector. At PHSC, we provide you with the career guidance, preparation, training, and the support that you need to find yourself in a career in public service.

Education and training for those serving the public range from high school diplomas to graduate level college degrees.

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CMS Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer Basic Recruit Training Program

Technical Credit Certificate

Law enforcement officers are charged with maintaining order, ensuring the safety and protection of citizens and their property, and enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws. Auxiliary law enforcement officers support full-time officers and help to prevent, detect and investigate crime, apprehend criminal offenders, direct traffic and possibly assist in the prosecution process.

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Correctional Officer Crossover Training to FL CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit

Technical Credit Certificate

Correctional officers may desire to transition into a career in law enforcement or earn dual certifications. Law enforcement officers uphold the laws of their country and those of the jurisdiction in which they work. Officers may work for a local police department, a county sheriff’s office or at federal organizations. Patrol officers have a very hands-on position and interact regularly with the public. They respond to crime and incident calls, patrol traffic, investigate and maintain order. These officers are also most likely to write citations and apprehend criminals.

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Correctional Probation Officer Crossover to FL CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training

Technical Credit Certificate

Probation officers may desire to transition into a career in law enforcement or earn dual certifications. Law enforcement officers uphold the laws of their country and those of the jurisdiction in which they work. Officers may work for a local police department, a county sheriff’s office or at federal organizations. Patrol officers have a very hands-on position and interact regularly with the public. They respond to crime and incident calls, patrol traffic, investigate and maintain order. These officers are also most likely to write citations and apprehend criminals.

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Criminal Justice Technology

Associate in Science

This degree program provides a concentrated course of study of all facets of our criminal justice system. The program also provides an opportunity for correctional and law enforcement officers to further their education and career by earning an Associate in Science degree.

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Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program

Technical Credit Certificate

Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial or imprisoned. Officers must maintain security, and prevent disturbances and assaults. If prisoners compromise the safety of citizens, inmates or employees of the facilities that house them, these professionals are held accountable. Often, correctional officers supervise inmate work assignments and enforce rules and regulations that foster a secure, orderly environment.

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Law Enforcement Officer

Technical Credit Certificate

Police officers have the enormous responsibility of upholding the law, protecting citizens and maintaining order in the communities they serve. These courageous professionals patrol neighborhoods, highways and public gathering areas throughout their service districts. At all times, officers must be prepared to mediate arguments, control disturbances and handle routine and life-threatening calls for assistance. Building healthy relationships with citizens, thoroughly understanding community laws and carefully documenting incidents in thorough reports are inherent to the position.

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Law Enforcement Officer Crossover to Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program

Technical Credit Certificate

The purpose of this program is to train students who want a dual certification in law enforcement and corrections. To take the following courses, students must provide evidence they have completed a Law Enforcement Officer Basic Recruit Training program and passed the State Officer Certification Examination. Upon satisfactory completion of the courses listed, students will be eligible to take the State Officer Certification Examination for Correctional Officers. Successful scores on both state exams enable the student to receive dual certification as a correctional officer and as a law enforcement officer. This course is the Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission approved Law Enforcement Officer Crossover Training to Florida CMS Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Training program.

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Fire Academy

Technical Credit Certificate

Firefighters respond to emergencies and serve to protect life, property, and the environment from risk or further damage. Communication and team work skills are vital to a successful career as a firefighter. This profession also requires a high level of physical fitness and agility.

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Fire Science Technology

Associate in Science

Fire science service professionals are responsible for suppressing, inspecting and investigating fire related incidents. They may also conduct safety and building inspections to ensure federal, state and local fire codes are met and examine occupancies for fire hazards. These professionals are also responsible for the inspection of fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it is in working order. The associate's degree in fire science provides a balanced, global foundation for the skills necessary to succeed in today’s fire service industry.

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Human Services

Associate in Science

The human services field focuses on improving the lives of others. Under the supervision of social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals, human service providers work to ease and prevent problems caused by poverty, inadequate housing, unemployment and illness. These professionals work with people in family settings, group settings and as individuals, primarily providing counseling and life skill lessons.

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Human Services Assistant

College Credit Certificate

The human services field focuses on improving the lives of others. Under the supervision of social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals, human service providers work to ease and prevent problems caused by poverty, inadequate housing, unemployment and illness. These professionals work with people in family settings, group settings and as individuals, primarily providing counseling and life skill lessons.

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Paralegal Studies

Associate in Science

Paralegals assist attorneys with virtually every aspect of legal work. Preparing important documents for closings, hearings, trials and corporate meetings are routine assignments. Attorneys depend on these professionals to analyze and organize information and to create reports that are used to determine how cases will be handled. Paralegals can work in the public or private sector.

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