Law Enforcement Officer
A ___ is any person who is elected, appointed, or employed full time by any municipality or the state or any political subdivision thereof; who is vested with authority to bear arms and make arrests; and whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of the penal, criminal, traffic, or highway laws of the state.
achieve a passing score on each of the written end-of course exams, show proficiently in the DUI Traffic Stops course as well as in the high liability courses and participate in the CJSTC Physical Fitness Program.
To successfully complete a basic recruit training course, recruits must...
Vehicle Operations, First Aid, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics
What are the four high liability courses?
___ oversees the certification, employment, training, maintenance of officer records, and conduct of the Florida law enforcement, correctional, and correction probation officers.
Criminal Justice Professionalism Program
___ support and assist the Commission in the execution, administration, implementation, and evaluation of its powers, duties, and functions.
โข be at least 19 years of age
โข be a citizen of the United States
โข be a high school graduate or equivalent
โข have processed fingerprints on file with the employing agency
โข have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician based on specifications established by the Commission
โข have a good moral character, as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the Commission
โข submit an affidavit attesting to compliance (a signed document agreeing to abide by all Commission rules)
โข have satisfactorily completed a Commission-approved course of basic recruit training
โข have satisfactorily passed a state examination in the respective specialty
โข not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor which
involves perjury or a false statement, regardless of withholding of
adjudication or suspended sentence
โข not have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
Section 943.13, F.S., sets the minimum requirements and standards that a person needs to meet before becoming certified as an officer. An officer must meet the following requirements:
A recruit has how many years from the starting date of the basic recruit training to complete the certification process?
Meet all the minimum requirements and standards, complete the approved basic training, pass the State Officer Certification Examination, and become actively employed with a law enforcement agency in an auxiliary, part-time, or full-time sworn officer position.
In order to become certified (sworn) as a law enforcement officer, a person must?
โข pleads nolo contendere, pleads guilty, or is found guilty of any felony
โข pleads nolo contendere, pleads guilty, or is found guilty of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false
โข fails to maintain good moral character as defined by the Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative
Code (CJSTC Rule 11B-27, FAC)
โข commits any act constituting a felony offense, regardless of criminal prosecution
โข commits any act constituting any of a specified group of serious misdemeanor offenses, regardless
of criminal prosecution
โข commits any principal, accessory, attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy, pursuant to Chapter 777,
Florida Statutes, where there would have been a felony offense had the crime been committed
โข commits any act in any jurisdiction other than the state of Florida, which if committed in the
state of Florida, would constitute a felony, any of the specified serious misdemeanors, or a violation
of Chapter 777, Florida Statutes
โข tests positive for controlled substances by a urine or blood test, in accordance with the requirements
for testing reliability and integrity set forth in Rule 11B-27.00225, FAC
โข commits an act of excessive use of force under color of authority under Rule 11B-27.0011(4)(c)1.,
โข engages in sexual harassment involving physical contact or misuse of official position
โข misuses the official position, as defined by s. 112.313(6), F.S.
โข engages in sex while on duty
โข has unprofessional relationships with an inmate, detainee, probationer, parolee, or community
controlee; has written or oral communication that is intended to facilitate conduct which is
prohibited by Commission rule; engages in any physical contact not required in the performance
of official duties that is normally associated with the demonstration of affection or sexual
misconduct as defined in s. 944.35(3), F.S.
โข makes false statements during the employment process
โข subverts or attempts to subvert the officer certification examination process pursuant to Rule 11B-
โข subverts or attempts to subvert the CJSTC-approved training examination process or an employing
agency's promotional examination process pursuant to, but not limited to, acts described in Rule
The Commission may take action against an officer's certification if the officer does the following...
A written reprimand, probation of up to two years (with or without mandatory retraining or counseling, if applicable), suspension of up to two years (with or without mandatory retraining or counseling, if applicable), and revocation of certificate.
What are the disciplinary actions that the Commission can take against an officer's certification?
is convicted, pleads guilty or nolo contendere, or is found guilty of any felony offense, regardless of withholding of adjudication or suspension of sentence.
Under the Florida law, the Commission must revoke an officer's certification if he or she...
is when an individual does not accept or deny responsibility for the charges but agrees to accept punishment.
Can a person continue to work as a certified officer in the state of Florida after the commission revokes their certification?
It provides certain protections "whenever a law enforcement officer... is under investigation and subject to interrogation by members of his or her agency for any reason that could lead to disciplinary action, suspension, demotion, or dismissal..."
What does the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights do?
โข The officer under investigation must be informed of the nature of the
complaint, the identity of the complainant, and must have the opportunity
to review all evidence prior to the interrogation.
โข The interrogation shall be conducted at a reasonable hour, preferably while
the officer is on duty.
โข The interrogation shall take place at the office of the command.
โข The officer under investigation shall be informed of the rank, name, and
command of the officer in charge of the investigation, the interrogating
officer, and all people present during the interrogation.
โข All questions directed to the officer under interrogation shall be asked by or
through one interrogator during any one investigative interrogation, unless
specifically waived by the officer under investigation.
โข Interrogation sessions shall be limited to reasonable periods of time.
โข The officer under interrogation may not be subjected to threats
โข The interrogation must be recorded.
โข The officer under investigation has the right to counsel.
โข Whenever an officer is subject to disciplinary action, he or she has the right
to address interrogation findings before discipline is imposed.
โข If a law enforcement agency does not follow any of the above provisions, the
officer should follow the procedures outlined in section 112.534., F.S.
What does the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights protections include?
are principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable. They are core beliefs or desires that guide or motivates one's attitudes and actions.
are an individual's convictions about what is right and wrong, based on religious beliefs, cultural roots, family background, personal experiences, laws, organizational values, professional norms, and political habits.
is a standard of conduct based on moral duties and virtues that are derived from the principles of right and wrong.
treating all people with courtesy and fairness, refusing to accept and offer gratuities, preserving evidence, giving true and impartial testimony, obeying all laws and regulations, protecting civil rights of everyone, and respecting confidential and privileged communication.
Ethical behavior in law enforcement includes...
Can the influence of coworkers and how their attitudes are positive and upbeat or cynical and negative affect how officers respond to a problem?
Engaging in bribery, committing perjury, and misusing thier position of authority.
Unethical behaviors that law enforcement officers should be on guard against are...
...corruptly to give, offer, or promise to any public servant, or, if a public servant, corruptly to
request, solicit, accept, or agree to accept for himself or herself or another, any pecuniary or other
benefit not authorized by law with an intent or purpose to influence the performance of any
act or omission which the person believes to be, or the public servant represents as being, within
the official discretion of a public servant, in violation of a public duty, or in performance of a
may be defined as a false statement that a person makes under oath but does not believe to be
Conflict of Interest
an officer mustโunless required by law or policyโrefrain from becoming
involved in official matters. You cannot influence the actions of other officers in official matters or
influence another officer's immediate family, relatives, or people with which the officer has had any
significant personal, business, or employment relationships.
Can you engage in any off-duty employment if the position compromises or would
reasonably tend to compromise your ability to impartially perform official duties.
is anything of value intended to benefit the giver more than the receiver; it is something given
to a person because of that person's position or authority.
is behavior that demonstrates good character and is marked by pride in self and career.
Ethics, personal values, and professionalism
What three elements are essential in
a law enforcement officer's personal and professional life.
Bias or prejudice
is a strong belief or feeling about a person, group, or subject, whether positive or
negative, that is formed without reviewing all available facts or information.
is the negative behavior toward a person or group that is based on color, race, sex, age,
religion, ethnic and national origin, handicap, and/or marital status.
is the impression in a person's mind of an individual, a group of people, or events based on
experiences, biases, beliefs, assumptions, and observations.
is a notion, statement, or belief about a person, group, or event that may or may not be
factual. People make assumptions when they consider something to be true or false without proof or
demonstration. Assumptions are interpretations of what experience reveals and may not always
is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Does every employee has a right to work in an environment free of sexual harassment and
_____ can include giving sexual compliments, pressuring
someone for dates, or ridiculing with a sexual message.
include making facial gestures, displaying nude pictures, or using suggestive body
______ may include touching and brushing against someone,
hugging and patting, or horseplay.
occurs when the harasser intends to unreasonably interfere with a person's performance or
create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
A hostile work environment
an office culture where lewd jokes or other offensive habits are acceptable.
refers to the structure, functions, and decision-making processes
of those agencies that deal with the management and control of crime and criminal
enforcement, the court system, and corrections.
The three main components of the criminal justice system are
municipal, county, state, and federal (U.S. government agencies).
There are four levels of law enforcement agencies within the United States:
municipal law enforcement agencies
enforce the ordinances of the municipality as
well as state laws within the jurisdiction of the agency.
enforce county ordinances and state laws within the
county. Traditionally, they also handle unincorporated areas, the county jail, and
combine police, fire, and emergency medical services.
Some Florida municipalities have Public Safety Departments