Correctional Officer

How to Enroll | For more information contact:
Cheryl.Hill@sarasotacountyschools.net


Program Content:

The Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy (SCJA) of the Suncoast Technical College offers the Basic Recruit Correctional Officer certification program. Our program prepares students for employment as entry-level correctional officers and meets the requirements of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).We utilize standards developed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and adopted by CJSTC.

Students can be sponsored by an employing agency or apply for direct admission. A prospective student applying for direct admission must complete and pass an application screening process.

Practical skills and field experiences are an integral part and include: courtroom demeanor and testifying; report writing; interviewing; communications; controlling and restraining techniques; weapons training; chemical agent applications; physical fitness training; fingerprinting; substance abuse recognition; emergency preparedness techniques; fire fighting techniques; and interpersonal skills.

Program content also includes codes of ethics; history and evolution of laws; introduction to the criminal justice system; corrections rules, rights, and responsibilities; basic law and legal procedures; correctional and law enforcement operations; laws, rules, and regulations of probationer supervision; search and seizure defensive tactics; and internal operations of corrections facilities.

Additionally, this program prepares individuals to provide first responder care to sick or injured persons. Instructional strategies include methods to identify, organize, and use resources appropriately; work with each other cooperatively and productively; acquire and use information; understand social, organizational, and technological systems; and work with a variety of tools and equipment.

All instructors are certified by FDLE/CJSTC. Suncoast Technical College is a CJSTC certified training center.


Program Length:

The basic recruit program is a day time only, full time, 11-week (420 hour) course.


Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:

  • Corrections Officer State Certification

Obtainment Time Frame: Within 4 years of start of training


Entrance/Exit Requirements:

Applicants must be 19 years old on the graduation date. Applicants must complete the application process consisting of:

  • SCJA Registration Card
  • Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT-Corrections)–Achieve Passing Score
  • Personal History Form completed & notarized
  • Two passport-type photos
  • SCJA Fingerprint Processing for background check
  • A three-year driving history
  • Polygraph examination
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Physician’s Clearance form for Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
  • Physical Fitness Assessment, CJSTC Form 75
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of High School and/or College Diploma & Transcripts
  • Military Discharge Form DD-214 (if applicable)
  • Copy of Florida Driver License
  • Applicant Release Form Notarized
  • Drug Use Guideline Acknowledgment

Self-sponsored applicants will be considered on scores on the following:

  • Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
  • Oral Board

Agency-sponsored students must pass the CBAT-Corrections and complete an agency background investigation.


Standard Occupations:

For specific occupation information, including wages, employment trends and more, visit the following links:

Correctional Officers & Jailers
www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00

For other O*Net Online information, please visit:
www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/SOC/


Course Campus Location(s):

Sarasota


Course Sequence:

OCP

Course #

Course Title

Length

A

CJK0300

Intro to Corrections

32 hrs

CJK0305

Communications

40 hrs

CJK0310

Officer Safety

16 hrs

CJK0315

Facility and Equipment

8 hrs

CJK0320

Intake and Release

18 hrs

CJK0325

Supervising in a Correctional Facility

40 hrs

CJK0330

Supervising Special Populations

20 hrs

CJK0335

Responding to Incidents and Emergencies

16 hrs

CJK0340

Officer Wellness & Physical Abilities

30 hrs

CJK0031

CMS First Aid for Criminal Justice Officers

40 hrs

CJK0040

CMS Criminal Justice Firearms

80 hrs

CJK0051

CMS Criminal Justice Defensive Tactics Officer

80 hrs


*OCP-A is earned after completion of ALL Correctional Officer Courses.


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