Police academy questions?
I am 19 years old. I am trying to go to a police academy in FL. I have a clean record. I do however have 4 traffic citations. 3 speeding (1 was from when my fiance having braxton hicks contractions with our first child, and 1 was me speeding to a hospital after my mom had a mini stroke, and the last was a bone head one coming from NC to home.) the 4th citation was my brakes went out and i wrecked into a woman and he put "following to close". All tickets are paid off and I was wondering if this would keep me from the academy. Please none of the asshole comments I just want alittle insight and someone who would actually know the answer(a former or current police officer.)
- Lost EquationLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Traffic violations will not count. If they did, we would lose 50% of the police force in the US
There are four primary steps to becoming a certified officer in Florida:
1. Meet the minimum qualifications.
2. Complete the required training.
3. Pass the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE).
4. Become employed as a sworn officer.
1. Meet the Minimum Qualifications established in Florida Statutes 943.13
•be at least 19 years of age.
•be a citizen of the United States.
•have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) for law enforcement and corrections applicants. A bachelors degree is required for correctional probation officers.
•not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of a felony, or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, not-withstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
•never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
•have documentation of processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency.
•pass a physical examination by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified advanced registered nurse practitioner.
•have good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
2. Complete the Required Training pursuant to 11B-35, F.A.C.
If you are a - You must complete the following -
New Officer or
Discipline Cross Over 1. Complete the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) -
An individual must pass a Commission-approved BAT prior to entering a basic recruit training program. The BAT is available at most training schools and results are valid for four years.
2. Complete Basic Recruit or Cross Over Training –
An individual must successfully complete the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program or Cross Over Training Program for the respective discipline. Training must be completed at a Commission-Certified Training School.
Former Florida Officer - Less than 4 yrs. Break in Service An officer's certification is valid for 4 years from last employment date.
Former Florida Officer - More than 4 Yrs., but less than 8 yrs. Break in Service 1. Complete an Equivalency of Training AND
2. Demonstrates Proficiency in High Liabilities
Former Florida Officer - More than 8 Yrs. Break in Service 1. Complete the Basic Abilities Test (BAT) –
Prior to entering a Basic Recruit Training Program, an individual must pass a Commission-approved BAT. The BAT is available at most training academies and is valid for four years.
2. Complete Basic Recruit or Cross Over Training –
An individual must successfully complete the Florida Basic Recruit Training Program or Cross Over Training Program for the respective discipline. Training must be completed at a Commission-certified training school.
Out of State, Federal, or Military Officers - Active officers or less than 8 yrs. break in service 1. Complete an Equivalency of Training AND
2. Demonstrate Proficiency in High Liabilities
3. Pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) pursuant 11B-30, F.A.C.
Upon successful completion of the required training, an individual has three attempts to achieve a passing score on the SOCE.
•Registration is available online: (click here for on-line registration)
•See this link for more information on the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE) and the application process.
4. Become Employed as a sworn officer pursuant to Florida Statutes 943.1395
•Individuals who have completed the required Basic Recruit Training and passed the State Officer Certification Examination have four years from the start date of their Basic Recruit Training Program to become employed as an officer in Florida.
Certification Process - Obtaining a "Certificate of Compliance"
1. To be eligible for application of a "Certificate of Compliance", an applicant must:
•Complete the required training,
•Pass the SOCE (This alone does not necessarily entitle an applicant to receive the Certificate of Compliance),
•Become employed in the discipline in which certification is sought,
•Have processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency.
2. The individuals' employing agency will apply for the Certificate of Compliance.
3. After confirming all requirements, the officer’s certificate is issued by the FDLE Records section.
- J.W.Lv 77 years ago
Your citations probably won't keep you from attending the police academy. However, your driving record could keep you from getting hired by some police departments. When police departments are hiring, they usually have many qualified applicants for a relatively small number of openings. Departments usually have the luxury of being able to be very selective about who they hired. Any red flags can hurt your chances of getting hired by some departments. Putting yourself through a police academy might be a good thing for you to do. Keep in mind that many people that put themselves through the academy don't get hired or don't get hired soon after they graduate. Do whatever you can to make yourself the best candidate that you can. For example, consider getting a college degree if you don't have one, don't do anything illegal, maintain a good reputation, don't get bad credit, improve all of your communication skills as much as possible, and become as physically fit as you can.Source(s): http://www.peaceofficerjobs.com/
- 7 years ago
I doubt it their paid off. But I know that some police departments want absolutely no traffic citations what so ever. You do realize that every police department is different, right? Whatever pd you want to apply to, LOOK at their website and read about the requirements.
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- Anonymous7 years ago
and your college degree is in what?
Even florida now expects it's police to have a degree.
- RdrnnrLv 57 years ago
nope, it won't keep you from being a cop if you can pass the requirements and police academy.