Law Enforcement and Corrections Steps to Apply

Steps to Entering the Academy

The Florida Public Safety Institute offers training to become a law enforcement or corrections officer among other public safety careers. The following will help guide new students through the admissions process.

Contact the Testing Center

Contact the Testing Center at (850) 201-8282 and achieve a passing score on the CJBAT test (Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test). There is a $35.00 charge to take the test. Those applying to the law enforcement academy must take the law enforcement CJBAT exam. Those applying to the corrections academy must take the corrections CJBAT exam.

Associate Degree or higher and honorably discharged military veterans are exempt from the CJBAT Test.

Apply for Admission to TCC

  1. Apply for admission to TCC using our online application
  2. After you submit you will receive a confirmation page with your TCC Identification number, email address, and password. Keep this page for your records as you will need this information to log in to Workday and MyTCC to access your TCC email.

Submit Residency Declaration

Students seeking Florida residency for tuition purposes are required to submit a declaration to the College proving they, or their parent/legal guardian, maintained legal residence in this state for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to his or her initial enrollment.

The declaration and all supporting documentation must be submitted online prior to the start of classes.

Submit a Recruit Application

Download a Law Enforcement and Corrections Basic Recruit Application and complete the enclosed checklist. All documents must be included, or the application will not be processed. The seven-year driving history can be picked up at DHSMV for a charge of approximately $10.

Return all completed applications either in person or via U.S. mail to the following address:

Florida Public Safety Institute
ATTN: Law Enforcement Coordinator or Corrections Coordinator (whichever is relevant)
75 College Drive, Suite 203
Havana, Florida 32333

​Obtain a Level II Background Check

Obtain a Level II criminal background check for State (FDLE) & Federal (FBI) via an FDLE approved vendor and sent it to our ORI (FL922480Z). See below for a list of FDLE approved vendors' link. Fees for the Level II criminal background checks are set by the vendors. Applicants must choose a vendor from this list or the prints will not suffice for admittance into the academy.

Please ensure that you do not complete this step more than three months prior to the start date of the class you are applying for. However, we will need the results prior to your interview date, which will occur within the three-month window just referenced. Typically, it takes 24-48 hours after you get your fingerprints done before the results are received. A government-issued form of identification must be presented to the vendor.

FDLE Livescan Provider List

After Submitting an Application

Once the application has been completed and turned in, applicants will be contacted for an interview date and time. At the conclusion of the interview, applicants will receive an acceptance letter or the reason for not being accepted. 

Applicants should not obtain a medical examination until they have been accepted to the academy.

It is recommended that applicants begin an exercise program that builds stamina and flexibility. Review this Physical Fitness Training Plan and work to improve areas that may need improvement for the physical training required while attending the academy.

Questions? Contact us at (850) 201-8555 or email, or stop by the Admissions Office located on the second floor of the Student Union. 

For more information, please contact: 

Glenn Alston                   
(850) 201-7659               

Law Enforcement:                    
Logan Lane                
(850) 201-7007