By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- As children, many dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer -- saving lives and helping the community.
Eastern Florida State College is offering a unique opportunity for those, who are Correctional Officers, to apply to a special Correctional Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Academy.
The deadline to apply for this part-time academy is Friday, Feb. 28. The program is set to begin on Monday, April 7.
"Applicants must possess a current Correctional Officer Certification in the state of Florida, or have completed the Corrections Academy within the last four years and passed the Correctional Officer State Certification Exam," said Melissa Walker, advanced and specialized training coordinator at EFSC's Public Safety Institute.
Interested candidates for the 2014 Correctional Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Academy must complete a specialized application process with the Public Safety Institute.
"Twenty-four students will be accepted into the program," Ms. Walker said.
The part-time program will begin on Monday, April 7 and run Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with some Saturdays at the Public Safety Institute on EFSC's Melbourne campus.
"The program is 489 hours of instruction over 24 weeks," Ms. Walker said. "Graduates earn a Postsecondary Adult Vocational certificate."
Some of the classes in the cross-over program include "Correctional Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Introduction and Legal Overview," "Correctional Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Human Interaction and Communications," "Crime Scene Investigations," "Criminal Investigations," "Traffic Stops" and "Cross-Over Handgun Transition Course."
"The program meets the minimum education standards for law enforcement officers, required by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission," Ms. Walker said. "Following the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification Examination."
As Law Enforcement Officers, graduates of the program can work as police officers and Sheriff's deputies, responsible for enforcing laws, maintaining order, helping during emergencies, making arrests and investigating crimes.
Eastern Florida State College is currently accepting applications to the 2014 Correctional Officer Cross-Over to Law Enforcement Officer Academy. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 28.
For more information and to obtain an application, contact Public Safety Coordinator Melissa Walker at (321) 433-5637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.