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Entering the Academy

Outlined below are the six simple steps to entering the law enforcement or corrections academy.

 

 Step 1

 

Contact the Testing Center 

​Contact the TCC 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.

 

 Step 2

 

​Apply to Tallahassee Community College

  
New students can enroll at TCC online:
 
Currently enrolled students, or those who have been enrolled at TCC in the past 12 months, must fill out and return a TCC enrollment paper application.
 
Please return the paper application to:
 
Enrollment Services and Student Success
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304-2895
 

 Step 3

 

​Complete a Recruit Application

Download a Basic Recruit Application (.pdf) 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.

 

 Step 4

 

​Submit a Recruit Application

Return the completed application, along with non-refundable check or money order payable to Tallahassee Community College for $50, to the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.

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

 

 Step 5

 

​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 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.
FDLE Livescan Vendor List

 

 

 Step 6

 

​​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. For more information, please contact:
 

Law Enforcement

Larry Bourdeau 

(850) 201-7007 

bourdeal@tcc.fl.edu

 

Corrections

Andrea Blalock
(850) 201-7659
  
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 the physical self-assessment form and work to improve areas that may need improvement for the physical training required while attending the academy.
 
Contact Information

For more information contact Larry Bourdeau by phone (850) 201-7007 or e-mail bourdeal@tcc.fl.edu.

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