Job Outlook

In a more security-conscious society, police services will become more critical. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for police officers are expected to grow by 7 percent through 2025.

Job Potential Earnings

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics, starting annual salaries for a police officer and sheriff's deputy begin at about $41,000 with a mid-level pay around $58,000.

Special Notice

Prospective students should attend a mandatory orientation at least six months 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.

A shift friendly academy (two days per week) is offered, based on the shifts of local Sheriff's offices.  This academy is offered once a year.

For more information concerning academy schedules, contact   (352) 518-1362.