In Florida, you do not need a degree to become a police officer. The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) for law enforcement and corrections applicants. Yet, a bachelor’s degree is required for correctional probation officers.
To become a certified officer in Florida, you must meet the minimum qualifications, complete the required training, pass the State Officer Certification Examination, gain employment with a Florida criminal justice employing agency, and have your employment file reviewed by Commission staff.
Although a college degree is not mandatory, having one can improve your standing among applicants and offer long-term benefits throughout your law enforcement career. Some agencies may require at least an associate degree or 60 credit hours, like the city of Tampa.