So you may be asking first off why listen to this guy, what makes him think he can tell me about being a cop? Why do I think I can write this and it is worth your reading? Well, I was a cop (Police Officer) in Florida for 35+ years (Since December 1980 to 2015). I have served in both small and large agencies (3 and a break for serving in the U.S. Army Military Police, 3rd Infantry Division, 981st Military Police Company). I have served in many different units, Narcotics (where I was involved in my first shooting), Patrol, Traffic, DUI Task Force, Dive Rescue Team, Traffic Homicide Investigation, Training Unit, Academy Staff, and now my current position (for the last 16 years) Police Academy Trainer (and Police Commander up until Dec 6th, 2010).I teach and travel a lot, teaching all over the world. I have been as far away as Singapore and other places, to teach police officers and I still currently teach. I am currently the Police Academy Coordinator at Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety in Gainesville, Florida. I helped write portions of the Florida State Law Enforcement Basic Recruit curriculum and some of the advanced and specialized courses, assisting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They do a great job in keeping the curriculum up to date, having people work on them full time. It’s not an easy task. We just finished writing a brand new Advanced and Specialized Course on “Dealing with Veterans”, which I helped write and now teach statewide. I have posted a short Resume of myself at the bottom you can view and see who I am and what experience I have had. I hide nothing.
That’s why I think you should look over the material on this site. I have pages upon pages dedicated to all things related to becoming a cop (police officer), especially in Florida. Many of these pages apply to any state and any police officer applicant anywhere. Here are links to help on Oral Boards, Filling out an application, the background check and a lot more. I have recently added a web page of a complete set of study guides for the End of Chapter Exams you will find helpful if you go to any academy in Florida and for the State of Florida Officer Certification Exam. Please don’t fall for paying for a book or website that wants your money and is not made for Florida Police Recruits specifically, by someone with experience in this. I do not charge for study guides (or anything else). Please look over the study guides page before spending your hard earned money on something that “guarantees” you pass, no one can do that. Before you pay for something, ask this question, why are they charging for this, and who are they? What background do they have to make this stuff and is it really going to help me? My study guides are talked about all over the state. I travel and meet all the Directors and Coordinators at each CJSTC meeting (you will learn what that means in the academy!