Fundamentals of Patrol

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
40 clock hours

Effective beginning:



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:

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: Patrol Basics

Lesson 1: Patrolling

Lesson 2: Officer Safety and Survival

Lesson 3: Electronic Communications

Lesson 4: Electronic Sources of Information

Unit 2: Duties on Patrol

Lesson 1: Initial Response

Lesson 2: Approaching and Contacting a Suspect Lesson

Lesson 3: Responding as Backup.

Lesson 4: Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management

Unit 3: Non-Criminal Calls for Service

Lesson 1: Assisting Your Community

Lesson 2: Well-Being and Security Checks Lesson

Lesson 3: Death Notifications

Lesson 4: Animal Complaints

Lesson 5: Fire-Related Incidents

Lesson 6: Lost, Stolen, or Recovered Property

Lesson 7: Property Disputes

Lesson 8: Civil Disturbance

Lesson 9: Crowd Control

Unit 4: Structure and Area Searches

Lesson 1: Alarms and Searches

Lesson 2: Area Searches

Unit 5: Arrest Procedures

Lesson 1: Taking Custody of the Suspect

Lesson 2: Processing the Arrestee


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
  • Role Play
  • Videos
  • Quizzes


College-wide policies and resources

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