Police Academy & Officer Training

Officer Training
Our approach motivates people to take pride in what they do, who they represent, and why they do it. The Fort Myers Police Department is one of the few agencies that adhere to a consistent training regimen. Each officer receives in-service training every 8 weeks. The training enhances proficient performance in a variety of areas to include, but not limited to:
  • Crime scenes
  • Defensive tactics
  • Domestic violence
  • Driving
  • Human relations
  • Investigations
  • Legal updates
  • Use of force
Police Academy
If you are a candidate who is looking to enter a law enforcement career and have no formal training, you may do so by applying to Southwest Florida Public Service Academy. You may reach the local police academy by phone at 239-334-3897. The academy is located at
4312 E. Michigan Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33916

The police academy is approximately 22 weeks and encompasses topics from constitutional law to patrol techniques. The police academies in Florida are run independently by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Candidates will need to participate in an interview and be accepted by the academy in order to attend. You will pay your own tuition and at the end of the course, if completed successfully, you will sit for a state exam. Once the state exam is completed successfully, you will be eligible for certification in the State of Florida.

Police Academy Sponsorship
Some agencies may employ you prior to having any police experience. The Police Academy Self Sponsor agency will sponsor you through the academy and pay the cost of the academy as well as keep you on its payroll. For this type of opportunity, it is suggested that you contact the various agencies and inquire if this is an option through their agency.

Certified Officer From Another State
Visit the Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS) through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website for specific information on whether you qualify for the equivalency of training. Generally you must have 1 full year of full-time law enforcement experience, not counting academy time, to qualify for the 2-week course.