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 Labor Market Statistics by 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. Typical salaries for officers are about $58,000 per year. Correctional officers may start at $30,000. Typical salaries for correctional officers in the state are about $43,000 a year.

Special Notice

In addition to applying to the College, application must be made for admission to the law enforcement program. All candidates must meet entry requirements, which include physical fitness and psychological testing. Additional entry requirements and application packets are provided at orientation.

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.

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