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Community Law Enforcement Academy


Applications for the April 2017 Community Law Enforcement Academy are now open, please apply here.

Thank you for your interest in the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Community Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA). The Academy is designed to educate the citizens of Seminole County in the concepts and procedures of law enforcement. There are no physical requirements and it’s a free course taught by members of the Sheriff’s Office leadership team, deputy sheriffs, investigators, and other agency staff.

NOTE: This academy is not for law enforcement certification. It is offered for educational purposes only. There is no guarantee of employment with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office upon completion of this course.

2017 Class Session Dates

  • CLEA Class #70- January 4th through April 12th
    The class meets each WEDNESDAY evening for 15 weeks from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Application will open Monday October 10th and close Thursday December 1st or when the Sheriff’s Office has filled the class, whichever occurs first.

  • CLEA Class #71- April 26th through August 2nd
    The class meets each WEDNESDAY evening for 15 weeks from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Application will open Tuesday January 17th and close Thursday March 2nd or when the Sheriff’s Office has filled the class, whichever occurs first.

  • CLEA Class #72- August 15th to November 21st
    The class meets each TUESDAY evening for 15 weeks from 6:00pm to 9:30pm
    Application will open Monday May 15th and close Thursday July 6th or when the Sheriff’s Office has filled the class, whichever occurs first.

ACADEMY SUMMARY
The course begins with an introduction by Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma, Chief of Staff Heather Smith and Department of Law Enforcement Chief Lou Tomeo. The sessions include presentations on topics such as: neighborhood policing, investigations, child protective services, and forensics. Class participants will see demonstrations from the Special Operations Unit (SWAT, Aviation, Range and Water, K9 and EOD), have the opportunity to fire Sheriff’s Office weapons at the gun range, and drive a patrol car in similar conditions that deputies are trained in. Class participants will also tour the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, the Juvenile Enforcement Center, and the Criminal Justice Center. All students will be offered the opportunity to participate in ride-a-longs with a uniformed deputy sheriff.

A typical course schedule is as follows:
  • Welcome and organizational overview from Sheriff Lemma and members of the command staff
  • Department of Law Enforcement, Seminole Neighborhood Policing (Patrol Operations)
  • Diversified Investigative Services (Major Crimes, Auto Theft, Digital Forensics, and Financial Crimes)
  • Visit to Special Operations (Canine, Range and Water, EOD, and Aviation)
  • Domestic Security Division (Gangs, Anti-Terrorism, Fugitives)
  • Traffic Safety and DUI Enforcement (demonstration of fatal vision goggles)
  • Visit to the Training Center (Response to resistance, defensive tactics, and the Taser)
  • Forensic Services and Victim Advocate
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Visit to the 9-1-1 Communications Center
  • Public Affairs Divisions
  • Visit to the Criminal Justice Center and hear from the Office of the State Attorney
  • Visit to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (Seminole County Jail)

APPLICATION PROCESS
To be eligible, all applicants must submit to a background check. To attend the academy, you must:
  • Live or work in Seminole or surrounding counties;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Possess a valid driver's license or other form of government issued photographic identification;
  • Disclose any arrests or convictions, including misdemeanors, to include pleas of nolo contendre regardless of whether adjudication was withheld
  • Submit an application with the Sheriff's Office through the link below; and
  • Be fingerprinted at SCSO’s Main Building located at 100 Eslinger Way in Sanford. Public fingerprinting is available on Thursdays from 9am to 4pm and is free of charge.

Your application is considered complete once you have submitted the online application and been fingerprinted. Please remember that applications are accepted on a first come first served basis and class size is limited. We will close the class once we have received 50 online applications and fingerprint results.

To enroll, complete the online application and press the "SUBMIT" button.

By submitting this application you agree to the agency's selection process and understand that you must successfully complete the background check and fingerprints before given final consideration for acceptance into the SCSO Community Law Enforcement Academy. You also certify that all statements given in this application are true and correct. Falsification or misrepresentation on this application or any other personnel record may result in you not being accepted into the SCSO Community Law Enforcement Academy.

Also, in the event of acceptance, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and any person or entity it may authorize, shall be entitled, without further consent, to use, in any manner required, any picture or photograph of you or a recording of your voice taken through the duration of the SCSO Community Law Enforcement Academy.

Once the selection process is completed, you will be notified about your acceptance in the academy via email.

Questions? Please contact the Public Affairs Division at (407) 665-6700 or PublicAffairs@seminolesheriff.org.


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Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
Phone: (407) 665-6600