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Vocational Certificate

Change lives, starting with your own.

Law enforcement officers work in an environment that offers new challenges each day. Their duties include enforcing the law, responding to calls, and the personally rewarding aspects of protecting citizens and maintaining order within the communities they serve.

This intensive program includes courses and practical training to prepare you to think critically and manage emergencies effectively. Our instructors believe in teaching students the importance of dedication, teamwork, responsibility and integrity.

Gain skills in defensive tactics, firearms, vehicle operations, forensic science and more.

Special admission requirements - APPLY EARLY!

The curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission in accordance with Florida Statutes. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to take the state exam for law enforcement officer.

Questions? Call (904) 808-7490

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Meet Kacie

When asked to sum up her stance on the criminal justice profession with only one word, Kacie chose the word "honor."


Program Details

Start Date:
Day class runs July 9 to December 13, 2018
Classes meet Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Basic Motor Skills Test: June 4, 8:00 a.m.
Orientation: June 11, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Night class runs July 30, 2018 to April 25, 2019
Classes meet Monday - Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Basic Motor Skills Test: June 18, 8:00 a.m.
Orientation: July 2, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: St. Augustine Campus
Program Requirements: See Catalog
Tuition and Fees: See Catalog
Scholarship: Detective Dave White Law Enforcement Scholarship

Are you currently a corrections officer? Consider our cross-over training.

Program Requirements: See Catalog
Cross-Over Program

The SJR State advantage

Ask any student and they will tell you that confidence is gained from experience. It is what instructors and employers call the "competitive edge."

  • State-of-the-art simulators, forensics labs, and equipment provide the latest hands-on training
  • Instructors are current professionals in their field
  • Are you a Veteran? Find out how to use your G.I. Bill toward your education
  • Program planning assistance

Questions? Call (904) 808-7490

How to Apply

(1) Apply to SJR State*
Florida Law Enforcement Academy Application Packet*
(4) Download the Physical Training Program

Admission will be based on the completion of all entry requirements. All candidates must meet all entry requirements. There are special admission requirements in addition to the College's admission procedures and policies. In addition to the special admission standards, there are special program requirements including attendance, physical exercises, and demonstrations of proficiency. The program is challenging and physically and mentally demanding.

Students should begin the application process at least three months prior to the program start date.

Applicants must print and complete all documents in the packets and bring to the Criminal Justice Training Center on the St. Augustine campus. (The application portion can be filled out electronically and then printed.)

The BAT test must be scheduled with the SJR State Testing Center on the Palatka Campus (386) 312-4228. Clients must pay $40.00 in advance (at any campus business office) and have a receipt in order to reserve a seat.

Questions? Call (904) 808-7490

* Visit our SSN Web page for more information regarding the College's use of Social Security Numbers.

Meet Our Instructors

Jeff Lee Jeffrey C. Lee, Ph.D.
Dean of Criminal Justice and Public Safety

· 14 years with Troy University, criminal justice instructor, department chair
· 3 years with Florida Gateway College, criminal justice instructor
· 4 years with Florida Corrections Academy South and North, instructor
· 2 years, Department of Corrections, probation officer
· Baker County Sheriff's Office, deputy sheriff

Specialty teams:
· 8 years, special agent for the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

· Ph.D. in Administration of Justice, University of Southern Mississippi
· Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Alabama
· Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, Florida State University
· Associate in Arts degree, Valencia Community College

I strive to meet students where they are and help lead them to achieve their academic and career goals.


John Donlon Instructor John Donlon

Teaches: All BLE, Corrections and Advance/Specialized courses
Specialization: Vehicle operations, including motorcycle

· 31 years with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office
· St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Reserves

Specialty teams:
· Honor Guard
· Marine Unit
· Dive Team

· Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University
· FBI National Academy

· Served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Nimitz

I encourage students to participate and have fun while learning.


John Gifford Instructor John Gifford

Teaches: All BLE courses
Specializations: Firearms, Driving, First Aid, Instructor Techniques
Firearms Instructor Course, Driving Instructor Course, First Aid Instructor Course

· 33 years as a Master Police Officer for the Office of the Sheriff, City of Jacksonville
· 19 years as an instructor for Florida State College at Jacksonville Police Academy

Specialty teams:
· Traffic Unit
· Criminal Patrol Team

· Associate in Arts degree, Florida State College at Jacksonville

· Three years active duty in the United States Army, Infantry, Airborne and Ranger

I do not fail students.


Stephen Mills Instructor Stephen Mills

Teaches: All BLE courses
Specialization: Patrol techniques

· 20 years with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol sergeant
· 15 years with St. Johns River State College
· 4 years with the Ormond Beach as a patrol sergeant

Specialty teams:
· 12 years with the Clay SWAT team
· 1 year as a traffic officer as a motor officer

· Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Flagler College

I want to impart knowledge, not only from textbooks, but also from experience. It is important to teach the concepts and tactics of a law enforcement officer as well as the need for compassion when dealing with people.


Michelle Lima Instructor Michelle Lima

Teaches: All BLE courses
Specialization: School resource officer/juveniles

· 4 years with the Duval County School Police as a sergeant
· 5 years with the Miramar Police Department as a school resource officer
· 3 years with the Pinecrest Police Department as a patrol officer

Specialty teams:
Certified as a school resource officer, field training officer, crisis intervention team

· Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, minor in Criminal Justice, Florida International University

· Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Florida International University

Not every student learns the same, but every teacher should learn their students.


Angela Sockwell Instructor Angela Sockwell

Teaches: All BLE courses
Specialization: Criminal investigations

· 17 years with Polk County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as lieutenant
· 3 years with Polk State College, Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety as a law enforcement academy training coordinator

Specialty teams:
· Homicide
· Crimes against children
· Undercover narcotics
· White collar crimes
· Organized/vice crimes.

· Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Troy University
· Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Warner University
· Graduate of the Certified Public Manager program though Florida State University

Teaching and learning are two-way streets. I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.

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