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 agency.

Prospective students should attend a mandatory orientation where the student will receive their application to the academy. Visit the PHSC Calendar to view the complete listing of Orientation sessions.

All sessions will be held in the Public Service Technology Building (Building E, Room E130) at the East Campus in Dade City located at 36727 Blanton Road.

Full-time (days) and part-time (nights) academies are available.