Course Code:

Credit Hours:
64 clock hours

Effective beginning:
Spring 2022



Course Description:
This course is a component of the Florida Law Enforcement Academy. It is designed to introduce the student to the Criminal Justice System, Constitutional Law and Florida Statutes. This course includes classroom instruction and scenario-based training exercises. This course is open only to students admitted to the Florida Law Enforcement Academy.

Course Details


Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CBAT)

Fingerprints, Criminal History, and Background Check

Drug Screen Test




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Florida Law Enforcement Academy Volume 1 © 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). All rights reserved. ISBN 13: ISBN 10: Published by XanEdu Publishing, Inc.  (Provided)


Assignment/course outline:

Unit 1: Introduction to Law
Lesson 1: Law Systems
Lesson 2: Constitutional Law
Lesson 3: Classification of Offenses
Lesson 4: Reading and Understanding Statutes

Unit 2: Legal Concepts
Lesson 1: Categories of Criminal Intent
Lesson 2: Standards of Legal Justification
Lesson 3: Search and Seizure
Lesson 4: Weapons and Firearms Possession
Lesson 5: Laws of Arrest
Lesson 6: Use of Force

Unit 3: Liability
Lesson 1: Types of Liability
Lesson 2: Protecting Officers Against Liability

Unit 4: Court Basics
Lesson 1: The U.S. and Florida Court Systems
Lesson 2: Court Proceedings Lesson 3: Court Orders

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Legal is an approved course by Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the purpose of Law Enforcement Certification.  See chart below.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Law Systems
  • Constitutional Law
  • Classification of Offenses
  • Reading and Understanding Statutes
  • Categories of Criminal Intent
  • Standards of Legal Justification
  • Search and Seizure

Outcome 1: Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate safety skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking and problem-solving proficiency as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work setting.

Outcome 5: Demonstrate leadership, organizational, and professional skills appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement workplace.

Outcome 6: Demonstrate skills required for state certification and employment as a law enforcement officer. 



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Role Play


College-wide policies and resources

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