In the state of Florida, there are 40 Law Enforcement Training Academies; however, only 14 of these are FDLE-approved selection centers. NWFSC will soon become the next.

Selection centers assess and provide additional training for police, corrections and federal law enforcement officers that come from out-of-state to gain employment in Florida. Prior training is assessed to determine if it meets standards set forth by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Once requirements are met, candidates are eligible to proceed to the next step — a Law Enforcement High Liability Proficiency course. In this course, skills in firearms, emergency vehicle operations, first aid and defensive tactics will be evaluated before candidates can sit for the State Officer Certification Exam.

“Previously, we had to refer officers to Gulf Coast State College for prior police training assessment, then to Chipola College for a high liabilities proficiency assessment," said William Looper, director of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Training Center at Northwest Florida State College. "We will now be able to provide these services at NWF, which is a great added benefit to our law enforcement community.”

As a selection center, NWFSC will begin to offer three new programs: Selection Center assessments, a High Liabilities Proficiency course and a State Exam Preparation course. Enrollment numbers are expected to be significant due to local agencies hiring military law enforcement personnel.

For more information regarding these upcoming course offerings, or information on law enforcement programs at the college, please contact the Criminal Justice Department at 850-729-5378 or criminaljustice@nwfsc.edu