Correctional Officer Duties

Corrections Officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a jail, a reformatory or a prison. Officers maintain security and inmate accountability to prevent disturbances, assault and escapes. They maintain order within the institution and enforce rules and regulations.

Academy Training

The Corrections Academy training is both physically and mentally demanding, as described below:

 Training Categories

Academic

Student academic learning is conducted in air-conditioned classrooms. Breaks are provided throughout the day. Students are required to sit for at least sixty (60) minutes at a time.

Officer Wellness and Physical Abilities Training

Training is conducted in an air-conditioned gym or in an outside environment. Students will be required to fully participate in all Physical Fitness Training activities and assessments. Students will participate in conditioning exercises to enhance their performance in the following assessment areas: 1½ mile run, 300 meter sprint, vertical jump, sit-ups and push-ups. Students will be subject to a rigorous physically demanding training program to include, but not limited to: Long Distance Running, Short Distance Speed Running, Stretching, Crawling, Jumping, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Prone Position, Weightlifting, Strength Training, Endurance Training, Speed Training, and Rapid Body Movements.This is a 30-hour course.

Defensive Tactics

Training is conducted in air-conditioned mat rooms. Breaks are provided throughout the day. Students are required to stand for prolonged periods of time. Training techniques are practiced and repeated for long periods of time. Warm-up exercises and cardiovascular conditioning exercises are performed throughout the day. Students will be subject to, but not limited to: Intense Body Movements, Rapid Evasive Movements, Pressure Point Pain Compliance, Joint Locks, Falling Techniques, Crawling, Jumping, Walking, Running, Standing, Kneeling, Prone Position, Body Tackles, Impact Weapons Training, Hand to Hand Combat Impacts, and experience the effects of chemical agent. This is an 80-hour course. You must be able to fully participate in this course per F.A.C. 11B-35.

Firearms

Training is conducted in an outside environment in both day and nighttime hours. Weather conditions may be hot and humid. Breaks are provided throughout the day. Students will be trained to operate firearm (handgun/semi automatic pistol/shotgun/carbine rifle) from the standing, kneeling and prone positions during day and nighttime hours. Students are required to stand for prolonged periods of time. This is an 80-hour course.

First Aid for CJ Officers

Training is conducted in air-conditioned classrooms. Breaks are provided throughout the day. Students will demonstrate: Airway Care - Adult/Child/Infant; CPR - One and two person Adult, CPR Child/Infant; Patient Assessment; Treating for Shock, Bleeding, Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Injuries, Moving Patients, and Spinal Cord Injuries. This is a 40-hour course.

Graduation requirement

Students must score a minimum of 80% on all written exams and demonstrate proficiency in practical examinations in Defensive Tactics, Firearms and First Aid for CJ Officers, in compliance with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement course guidelines, Florida Administrative Code 11B-35.