Greetings!!! You have come to this site more than likely because you want Florida Police Academy study guides or a study guide for the State of Florida Officer Certification Exam (called the SOCE) or information on becoming a police officer (cop, the terms are interchangeable) and want information. This is the place!
Out of State Police officers that want to come to Florida you need to click on this link to get all the information on coming to Florida and what you need to do and who to contact.
Beware of websites trying to sell you something, and telling you that they will help you "ace" the exams. That is a lie and cannot be done!
If and when I write a book about all this and try and sell it, then I will let you know, but until then, everything I offer is FREE and there are no strings attached!!! Updating the curriculum study guides and other materials have taken literally hundreds of hours and I do not charge anything for it. If you find the materials here helpful, then maybe help out a bit, but its all up to you. I am not trying to sell you anything, or for that matter get you do anything. I simply offer the information here for those smart enough to look for it. I run a large police academy, I teach police recruits, I am a Florida Certified Instructor in more than one area. My Florida Basic Recruit Study Guides are created by me or police recruits who have given permission to have them posted here. There are websites out there that have "practice tests that you can pay a fee to take. WARNING they are not tests that are written by someone that has had training in , help in writing, or had any involvement in the State of Florida Law Enforcement Curriculum and State Exam. I HAVE. I hate hearing of recruits paying money to take exams that are not like the tests they should be taking.
My Academy, Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety has had a 99.4% passing rate on the State of Florida Officer Certification Exam over the LAST 10 YEARS! Thats right, 99.4% so we must be doing something right!! You can verify that yourself if you like by getting the results of the exams from the Florida Department of law Enforcement. I welcome the checking of my numbers. Ok enough of the soap box on others trying to sell you a bill of goods they can not deliver.
The Florida Law Enforcement Academy course changed in 2015
There were a lot of major changes to the law enforcement curriculum in 2015 (July 1st effective date) and all the academies changed over to the new curriculum. Each year in Florida a new Law Enforcement Academy curriculum comes out and is made available to the academies. The effective date is July 1st for each update. But in 2014 the changes to the curriculum (Academy courses) were major with some areas being done away with and other new ones being created. Many areas are being moved around and put into new lessons and chapters. I am currently working on updated study guides and practice test for you to use.
Now on to becoming a cop!
Have you really thought this through? Have you thought about what it really means to be a police officer? Do you really think you can do the job? Trust me, law enforcement as a career is not for everyone. And everyone that starts out in law enforcement does not make it to retirement. This job is hard on some people, some make it, some don’t, it’s just the nature of the job. As you have heard other places I am sure, but it is very appropriate for Law Enforcement, "with great power comes great responsibility". There is no greater responsibility then taking care of your fellow man, and protecting those that can not protect themselves. This is the only occupation that is given the ability to take a human life if needed on a split second decision and you alone are the one making it! That is the greatest responsibility you can have in this world! Guard it with care!
Then there is always the aspect of danger. This job is dangerous. You can not stop some things and you can not predict all people, no matter how good you think you are. Police are killed every year, and many more injured. You have to live with the feeling that you will be as cautious as you can for the situation, and always be prepared to fight for your life in the next few seconds. I have been shot at, I have been in fights that were life and death. I have been to the hospital one to many times. But you have to learn to live with the knowledge that people out in the world may want to kill you just because your doing your job!
Why listen to me? Who am I to tell you about this?
So you may be asking first off why listen to this guy, what makes him think he can tell me about being a cop? Why do I think I can write this and it is worth your reading? Well I am and have been a cop (Police Officer) in Florida for 33 years (Since December 1980 to Present). I have served in both small and large agencies (3 and a break for serving in the U.S. Army Military Police, 3rd Infantry Division, 981st Military Police Company). I have served in many different units, Narcotics (where I was involved in my first shooting), Patrol, Traffic, DUI Task Force, Dive Rescue Team, Traffic Homicide Investigation, Training Unit, Academy Staff, and now my current position (for the last 16 years) Police Academy Trainer (and Police Commander up until Dec 6th, 2010). I teach and travel a lot, teaching all over the world. I have been as far away as Singapore and other places, to teach police officers and I still currently teach. I am currently the Police Academy Coordinator at Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety in Gainesville, Florida. I helped write portions of the Florida State Law Enforcement Basic Recruit curriculum and some of the advanced and specialized courses, assisting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They do a great job in keeping the curriculum up to date, having people work on them full time. Its not an easy task. We just finished writing a brand new Advanced and Specialized Course on "Dealing with Veterans", which I helped write and now teach statewide. I have posted a short Resume of myself at the bottom you can view and see who I am and what experience I have had. I hide nothing.
That's why I think you should look over the material on this site. I have pages upon pages dedicated to all things related to becoming a cop (police officer), especially in Florida. Many of these pages apply to any state and any police officer applicant anywhere. Here are links to help on Oral Boards, Filling out an application, the background check and a lot more. I have recently added a webpage of a complete set of study guides for the End of Chapter Exams you will find helpful if you go to any academy in Florida, and for the State of Florida Officer Certification Exam. Please don't fall for paying for a book or website that wants your money and is not made for Florida Police Recruits specifically, by someone with experience in this. I do not charge for study guides (or anything else). Please look over the study guides page before spending your hard earned money on something that "guarantees" you pass, no one can do that. Before you pay for something, ask this question, why are they charging for this, and who are they? What background do they have to make this stuff and is it really going to help me? My study guides are talked about all over the state. I travel and meet all the Directors and Coordinators at each CJSTC meeting (you will learn what that means in the academy ! :) ).
Veterans! Did you know that GI-33 and Post 911 Bill pays for ALL of your schooling, including some money to live on while you go to the academy?? That's right it can all be paid for by the US Military!!!
Please feel free to download and use any material here. Recommend this site to your classmates, instructors, Academy staff (some of who use this site on a regular basis) as they are all welcome to use any portion of this site in your training and studying. Look around feel free to send me comments or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are a returning veteran from Iraq or Afghanistan, or a veteran at all, look at this link, it will help you with lots of available information: Veterans Guide to Law Enforcement Careers. Also if you're a veteran, or just interested in the US Military, check out my YouTube channel "3rdID8487". The largest military Video Channel on YouTube!