Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC)


Our Mission: 

To ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained.


The 19-Member Commission is composed of the following:  

  • Three (3) sheriffs
  • Three (3) chiefs of police
  • Five (5) law enforcement officers who are neither Sheriffs or Chiefs who are the rank of Sergeant or below within the employing agency.
  • One (1) Person in charge of a county correctional institution.
  • Two (2) Correctional Officers. One (1) of whom is an administrator of a state correctional institution, and one who is of the rank of sergeant or below within the employing agency.
  • One (1) training center director
  • One (1) Florida resident who falls into none of the above categories.
  • The Attorney General or designated proxy
  • The Secretary of Department of Corrections or designated proxy
  • The Director of the Florida Highway Patrol

Section 943.11, F.S., requires a sheriff, chief of police, law enforcement officer, and correctional officer to have at least 4 years of experience as a law enforcement or correctional officer to be considered for appointment as a member of the Commission. Members indicated by an asterisk (*) are appointed by the Governor for a term of four years.

Primary Responsibilities of the Commission:

-- Establish uniform minimum standards for the employment and training of full-time, part-time, and auxiliary law enforcement, and correctional and correctional probation officers.

-- Establish and maintain officer training programs, curricula requirements, and certification of training schools and training school instructors.

-- Certify officers who complete a Florida Basic Recruit Training Program, or who are diversely qualified through experience and training, and who meet minimum employment standards.

-- Review and administer appropriate administrative sanctions in instances when an officer, a training school instructor, or a training school is found in violation of Florida Statutes and Commission standards.

-- Promulgate rules and procedures to administer the requirements of Chapter 943.085 – 943.257, F.S.

-- Conduct studies of compensation, education, and training for the correctional, correctional probation, and law enforcement disciplines.

-- Maintain a central repository of records of all certified officers.

-- Conduct quarterly meetings to discuss issues and approve rules that relate to officer standards and training.

-- Develop, maintain, and administer the State Officer Certification Examination for criminal justice officers.