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Title XLVII CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 943 DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
SECTION 14Commission-certified criminal justice training schools; certificates and diplomas; exemptions; injunctive relief; fines.
943.14 Commission-certified criminal justice training schools; certificates and diplomas; exemptions; injunctive relief; fines.—
(1) Each criminal justice training school approved by the commission shall obtain from the commission a certificate of compliance, with rules of the commission, signed by the chair of the commission.
(2) Any certificate or diploma issued by any criminal justice training school which relates to completion, graduation, or attendance in criminal justice training or educational subjects, or related matters, must be approved by commission staff in the department’s Criminal Justice Professionalism Program.
(3) The commission shall establish, by rule, procedures for the certification and discipline of all instructors in any criminal justice training school.
(4) Prior to the issuance of a certificate of compliance, or as a condition of continuing certification, all records of any criminal justice training school that relate to training and all financial and personnel records of the school shall be made available to the commission upon request.
(5) No private criminal justice training school may include within its name the word “commission,” “bureau,” or “division” together with the word “Florida” or “state,” the name of any county or municipality, or any misleading derivative thereof which might be construed to represent a government agency or an entity authorized by a government agency.
(6)(a) Commission-approved correctional probation courses and subjects which are taught by Florida 4-year accredited colleges and universities are exempt from subsections (1)-(5) except for such documentation which may be required by the commission. The commission retains control over the content of courses and subjects covered by this subsection as specified in s. 943.17(1)(a). Florida 4-year accredited colleges and universities must obtain approval from the commission prior to offering correctional probation courses. Florida 4-year accredited colleges and universities offering the Correctional Probation Training Program shall teach the learning objectives specified by the commission. The administration of the commission’s Correctional Probation Training Program within a Florida 4-year accredited college or university shall fall within the institution’s established guidelines for course delivery and student attendance. The Florida 4-year accredited college or university shall provide to the commission and to the student proof of successful completion of all the approved objectives required by the commission for the academic courses approved for the Correctional Probation Training Program. The commission-certified training school administering the commission-required correctional probation high-liability training shall provide to the commission and to the student proof of successful completion of all approved objectives.
(b) All other criminal justice sciences or administration courses or subjects which are a part of the curriculum of any accredited college, university, community college, or career center of this state, and all full-time instructors of such institutions, are exempt from the provisions of subsections (1)-(5).
(7) Each criminal justice training school that offers law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officer basic recruit training, or selection center that provides applicant screening for criminal justice training schools, shall conduct a criminal history background check of an applicant prior to entrance into the basic recruit class. A complete set of fingerprints must be taken by an authorized criminal justice agency or by an employee of the criminal justice training school or selection center who is trained to take fingerprints. If the employing agency has previously taken a set of fingerprints from the applicant and has obtained a criminal history check of the applicant using the fingerprints, the requirements of this subsection shall be met when the employing agency submits to the criminal justice training school or selection center a letter stating the date on which the agency took the fingerprints of the applicant, a summary of the criminal history check based on the fingerprints, and a certification that the applicant is qualified to enroll in the basic recruit training program pursuant to s. 943.13. If the criminal justice training school or selection center takes the fingerprints, it shall submit the fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a statewide criminal history check, and forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check. Applicants found through fingerprint processing to have pled guilty to or been convicted of a crime which would render the applicant unable to meet the minimum qualifications for employment as an officer as specified in s. 943.13(4) shall be removed from the pool of qualified candidates by the criminal justice training school or selection center.
(8)(a) If a criminal justice training school or person violates this section, or any rule adopted pursuant hereto, the Department of Legal Affairs, at the request of the chair of the commission, shall apply to the circuit court in the county in which the violation or violations occurred for injunctive relief prohibiting the criminal justice training school or person from operating contrary to this section.
(b)1. In addition to any injunctive relief available under paragraph (a), the commission may impose a civil fine upon any criminal justice training school or person who violates subsection (1) or subsection (5), or any rule adopted pursuant thereto, of up to $10,000 for each violation, which fine shall be paid into the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Trust Fund. The commission may impose a civil fine upon any criminal justice training school or person who violates subsection (2), subsection (3), or subsection (4), or any rule adopted pursuant thereto, of up to $1,000 for each violation, which fine shall be paid into the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Trust Fund.
2. A proceeding under this paragraph shall comply with the provisions of chapter 120, and the final order of the commission constitutes final agency action for the purposes of chapter 120. When the commission imposes a civil fine and the fine is not paid within a reasonable time, the Department of Legal Affairs, at the request of the chair of the commission, shall bring a civil action under the provisions of s. 120.69 to recover the fine. The commission and the Department of Legal Affairs are not required to post any bond in any proceeding herein.
History.—s. 7, ch. 74-386; s. 2, ch. 76-277; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 1, ch. 78-259; s. 4, ch. 78-323; s. 6, ch. 80-71; s. 2, ch. 80-276; ss. 8, 24, 25, ch. 81-24; s. 1, ch. 82-46; ss. 16, 18, ch. 82-149; s. 181, ch. 83-216; ss. 4, 9, ch. 83-259; s. 2, ch. 83-265; s. 3, ch. 84-156; s. 13, ch. 84-258; s. 37, ch. 84-310; s. 11, ch. 86-187; ss. 5, 6, ch. 87-186; s. 3, ch. 89-205; s. 9, ch. 90-364; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 14, ch. 93-252; s. 5, ch. 95-408; s. 52, ch. 96-312; s. 1851, ch. 97-102; s. 117, ch. 99-3; s. 1, ch. 2000-187; s. 6, ch. 2000-226; s. 5, ch. 2002-205; s. 63, ch. 2004-357; s. 8, ch. 2019-113.