Fundamentals of Patrol

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
40 clock hours

Effective beginning:

001, 002


Course Description:
This course is a component of the Florida Law Enforcement Academy. It is designed to enable students to understand community-oriented policing and how it is implemented as a problem-solving model, identify the secure problem-solving model its application in real life situations; understand officer safety issues, identify and avoid fatal errors, identify and manage stress, maintain mental and physical fitness; respond to a call, approach a suspect, make an arrest, transport a prisoner and process the prisoner at a detention facility.


Course Details


This course is open only to students admitted to the Florida Law Enforcement Academy.





Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.

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:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Fundamentals of Patrol 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
  • Use radio equipment properly
  • Identify the uses of mobile communication devices
  • Understand the uses of FCIC/NCIC/Nlets and another electronic database resources
  • Understand officer safety and survival issues
  • Prepare to patrol and maintain duty equipment
  • Understand what a BOLO is and how to create and cancel a BOLO
  • Respond to a call and approach a suspect
  • Respond to calls for service, including well-being and security checks, building alarms, environmental hazards, transportation requests, animal complaints, and death notifications
  • Respond to an incident involving lost, stolen, or recovered property
  • Safely interact with a suspect
  • Respond to a call for back up
  • Set up a perimeter and conduct a building search
  • Respond to various types of alarm calls
  • Make an arrest
  • Transport and process the arrestee at a detention facility
  • Understand the elements of a person resisting arrest

Demonstrate mastery of Law Enforcement knowledge and skills.

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

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

Demonstrate team building, interpersonal, and ethical skills as appropriate for employees in a Law Enforcement work 

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

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



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture is the primary method of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures will come primarily from the textbook in formats that may include power point presentations, white board illustrations, videos, and web-based technologies and student discussion on specific topics.


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