The departmental Training Unit is responsible for planning and developing training programs, including special programs as directed; preparing and distributing Training Bulletins; notifying agency personnel of scheduled or available required training and other training available to members of the Department; maintaining training records; selecting, advising, assisting and supervising instructors; and evaluating individual training programs. It is also responsible for maintaining liaison with the criminal justice and law enforcement training academies/center; and for providing all newly appointed personnel, sworn and civilian, with Departmental General Orders and Rules and Regulations and with an orientation to the Department's role, purpose, goals, policies, and procedures.
In order to be hired at the FAMU Department of Public Safety, an officer must have satisfied the educational requirements through the Basic Recruit Training Program for initial law enforcement state certification. Currently, 770 classroom hours are needed to meet this requirement. FAMU has in its employ, new and seasoned officers, who underwent the Basic Recruit Training and who satisfied the requirements during their specific time period.
The Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission requires all law enforcement officers to meet recertification standards through established training. Every four years, law enforcement officers must undergo mandatory training in order to maintain their certification. Presently, there are 40 hours of mandatory retraining wherein an officer must receive a minimum of four (4) hours each in Human Diversity, Juvenile Sexual Offender Investigations, and Discriminatory Profiling & Professional Traffic Stops, which make up 16 of the 40 mandatory retraining hours. The remaining 24 hours may come from other avenues, including but not limited to, conferences, seminars/workshops, and in-service training.
The types of in-service training officers receive throughout the year include, but are not limited to, firearms qualification standards, defensive tactics, first aid, active shooter, personal protection equipment familiarization, and automatic defibrillator equipment. Additionally, officers have completed the required “National Incident Management System” (NIMS) training.
Annually, officers receive on average 55 hours of training. Officers that hold certifications in specialty areas such as instructor techniques, high liability, first aid, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Rape Aggression Defense, etc. must also meet the demands for recertification.