Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice: (407) 518-5445

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola!

The faculty and staff of CJAO are committed to providing quality service to all students who attend our training center. The Academy takes great pride in providing criminal justice training to basic recruits looking to establish a new career, as well as, to sworn officers pursuing enhancement of existing knowledge, skills, and abilities for job performance. Education at TECO is a joint effort. It is the responsibility of the Academy to provide the highest quality instruction, while requiring accountability by all students for their training attitudes, professionalism, and conduct.

Mission Statement

The Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola is committed to excellence in providing the most extensive, relevant and comprehensive training to present and future law enforcement and corrections officers in order to provide our citizens with the highest level of professional service possible.

Accreditation/Certification

The Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola is certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to deliver all Commission-approved curricula to law enforcement, correctional, and correctional probation officers in Florida. The training center is located at the Technical Education Center Osceola campus which is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Located in Region VII, CJAO is a regional training facility and conducts advanced and specialized training for certified law enforcement, correctional probation, and correctional officers throughout central Florida.

History

The Kissimmee Police Academy was certified on August 1, 1968 by the Florida Police Standards Council, the forerunner of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. The first class began on September 9, 1968 at the Kissimmee Police Department. When the Academy received certification to teach the Basic Recruit Correctional Officers course, the training was renamed the Kissimmee Criminal Justice Academy of January 24, 1991. In November of 1992, the responsibility of the Academy was assumed by the School District of Osceola County, Florida and the training center’s official title was changed to the Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola. The Academy relocated to its current training facility at the Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) in April, 1994. In January 2012, a major academy remodeling project was completed providing a new and larger reception area, additional office space, added technology, and storage space. In October 2014, the Academy relocated to a new dedicated criminal justice facility. The Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola continues today as one of the finest training centers in the State of Florida with a proud history of tradition and excellence.

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