Job Outlook

In a more security-conscious society, police services will become more critical. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for police officers are expected to increase 7 percent in the next decade.

Job Potential Earnings

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics, starting annual salaries for police officers and sheriff's deputies in the local metropolitan area begin at $43,000. Typical salaries for officers are about $49,500 per year.  Experienced officers may earn approximately $58,000 annually. 

Special Notice

Upon completion of this program, the cadet will be eligible to take the Florida State Officer Certification Examination administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Candidates may be sponsored by a local law enforcement academy.

Prospective students should attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the Academy class they wish to attend. Orientation sessions are held on the third Thursday of the following months

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
  • November 

All sessions will be begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the Public Service Technology Building at the East Campus in Dade City located at 36727 Blanton Road.

Two daytime academies will be offered:

  • August: Application deadline is June 1
  • January: Application deadline is October 15

Nighttime academies will be offered in August. Application deadline is the same as the daytime academies.
There will be 28 seats available per class.

For more information contact 352-518-1364