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 2020.
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 mid-level pay around $58,000.
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:
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.
Three daytime academies will be offered:
- August: Application deadline is June 1
- January: Application deadline is November 1
- May: Application deadline is March 1
Nighttime academies will be offered August and January. Application deadline is the same as the daytime academies. There will be 38 seats available per class