Why the JSO Police Academy?
Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training and Education Center
The Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training and Education Center (Academy) is a state-of-the-art , 56,000 square foot, facility located on the north-side of Jacksonville. The Academy maintains a working partnership with Florida Community College at Jacksonville and shares space with their law enforcement programs at the North Campus.
All instructors are certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and are current or former police or corrections professionals committed to developing the next generation of law enforcement in Jacksonville. “What makes the Academy a top choice among students is the caliber of instructors." says Sergeant R. W. French Jr., Assistant Director.
The Academy is situated on approximately 10 acres and affords police and corrections recruits, as well as SWAT, the Bomb Squad, and other law enforcement agencies, a premier training facility.
The facilities provide training in the following:
- Driving Course and Pursuit Road Course
- Electronic Control Weapon Training (Taser)
- Simulated Munitions Training (PRISM)
- Defensive tactics
- Medical first responder
- Crisis intervention (primary focus on mentally ill)
- Four separate off-site firing areas at firing range
- Live shoot house - Coming Soon
- Two-day rifle school
- High-risk and low-risk traffic stop
- Dynamic building entries
- Corrections basic training with three simulated jail cells
- Courtroom training
- Water survival tank
- State-of-the-art physical training facility
“As the Chief of a small agency, I rely heavily on the professional staff of the JSO Academy to provide training to the members of my agency. I have full confidence that the training provided is the most up to date and highest quality of training available.”
Mark Foxworth, Chief of Police, University of North Florida
“The JSO has, without a doubt, the finest group of men and women I have ever had the privilege of working with. With their superior training, strong work ethic and dedicated leadership, I feel that the JSO is the premier law enforcement agency in the nation.”
David Sembach, Chief of Police, City of Neptune Beach
“The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office training facility was a first-rate venue that enabled our training staff to create a realistic scenario based event for our probation officers. We feel that the overall success of our program was directly related to the quality of the facility and the support that we received from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office staff.”
Les Zorn, Deputy Chief, U.S. Probation Office