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Upon your appointment as a St. Petersburg Police Cadet, you will enter the pre-academy training phase, followed by a 21-week intensive training program at the Pinellas or Hillsborough Police Academy, two of the top police training facilities in the nation. While there you will study:

  • Florida Criminal Law
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Human Relations
  • Search and Seizure
  • Sex Crimes
  • Accident Investigation
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms
  • First Aid
  • Human Diversity
  • Many other related subjects

After completing the academy, or if initially appointed as a police officer, you will enter the four-to-six week post academy training phase then proceed to the Field Training Officer (FTO) program where you will apply the knowledge and skills you learned in the academy. When you successfully complete the FTO Program, you will be assigned to Uniform Services Bureau on a probationary status.

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