In November 2021, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received full approval from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) to become a state-certified training center by holding a type A certification. This allows HCSO to offer advanced and specialized courses, as well as operate its own law enforcement and detention academies at the Sheriff’s Office, one of the few in the nation to do so. Our Training Division also offers an Equivalency of Training course for out-of-state sworn deputies seeking to obtain their Florida law enforcement or detention certification.
From day one of a cadet's journey to become a deputy, they are taught, mentored, and guided by HCSO instructors assigned to the Training Division. Law enforcement cadets attend a 32-week academy, while detention cadets attend a 22-week academy. Cadets attending the law enforcement academy are trained in firearms, driving, first-aid and control tactics. They will learn the systems related to body-worn cameras, radio communications, and report writing. Detention cadets are also taught firearms, first-aid, control tactics, pod supervision, jail management, weapon systems, and radio communication systems.
The mission of the Training Division is to develop, coordinate, and execute training and education concepts, policies, and programs to ensure sworn and civilian personnel across the agency are prepared to meet the challenges of the present and future operational environments.
The Training Division also ensures that curriculum and programs are relevant, current, meet the needs of the agency, and comply with federal, state, and local requirements. Training curriculum and programs are reviewed, revised, replaced, or eliminated on an annual basis or as otherwise needed.
The Sheriff's Training Academy provides a unique opportunity to learn from those who they will one day work alongside following graduation. In addition, attendance in either the law enforcement or detention academies offers paid training and benefits starting the day cadets step foot inside the training facility.