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Public Safety Training Center Entrance Procedures

Mandatory Academy Introduction 

Your first requirement is to attend an Academy Introduction, where we will explain the requirements for the Basic Recruit programs and what will be expected of you. We will also give you the opportunity to ask questions about the programs. Reservations are not required. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in. Please bring paper to take notes surrounding the actions that will be expected of you. 

Dress Code

Males    Business Casual – No jeans or t-shirts. Dress/casual shoes; no beach sandals or tennis shoes.
Females    Business Casual – No jeans, t-shirts or spaghetti strap tops. Dress/casual shoes; no beach sandals or tennis shoes.
Academy Introduction Dates
Date Time Room


6:00 PM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


9:00 AM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


6:00 PM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


9:00 AM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


6:00 PM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


9:00 AM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


6:00 PM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286


9:00 AM

200 Bldg. 2nd Floor, Room 286

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It is the intent of the Citrus County Public Safety Training Center to seek out those applicants who possess the best qualities available for candidates seeking future employment in the law enforcement and corrections occupations.  For this reason, criteria has been established which must be met by an applicant prior to entering any Basic Recruit program. The selection process is competitive.  Applications are reviewed for neatness, thoroughness, ability to follow directions, criminal history, driving history, illegal substance use and PAT score. In addition, the Citrus County Public Safety Training Center follows guidelines established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, applicable Florida State Statutes and Florida Administrative Codes (FAC) pertaining to officer employment guidelines. Application process will be reviewed during the Academy Introduction. 

Criminal Justice Basic Ability Test (CJBAT)

Exemptions from the CJBAT for Law Enforcement Basic Recruit:

  • Veteran
  • College Degree (AA or higher)

The CJBAT measures the defined “minimum competencies” in three separately-timed sections as follows: Section I - behavioral attributes; Section II - memorization; and Section III – written comprehension, written expression, deductive reasoning, and inductive reasoning. In total, there are 97 questions on the CJBAT. You will have 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) to complete the exam. 

Exam Cost - $39

CJBAT Registration

To register go to PEARSONVUE.COM

Candidates will need to create a Pearson VUE account before being able to register for an exam.

Please VERIFY that you have created your web account with your LEGAL name as it appears on your government-issued ID and that your personal information is CORRECT. Contact Pearson VUE immediately to correct the spelling of your name or update your personal information if you notice any errors. It is very important that this information is correct, as it will appear as it was entered on the documentation provided to you after you have completed the exam.

  • All payments for exam fees ($39) are handled through Pearson VUE.
  • Candidates need to request accommodations from Pearson VUE, as noted in the "Accommodations" section. The Pearson VUE Accommodations Team will schedule the appointments and make the necessary arrangements.

All FDLE (BAT) exams should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance

CJBATs are good for 4 years from the date administered



A:   ID (Driver’s License) for access to campus.


A:  3 times for each exam (The Florida Law Enforcement Academy or Correctional Officer)


A:  You must obtain your passing CJBAT before the application will be accepted. You must attend an Academy Introduction. If you have already attended an Introduction, your next step is to complete the Academy Application and all required documents then contact the Public Safety Training Center for an Application Drop-Off Appointment at (352) 726-2430 x4352.


A:  The CJBAT is good for four (4) years. 


  • Fingerprint sessions are a mandatory requirement 
  • Please await instructions prior to payment and fingerprint processing
  • All fees are paid in the Business Office (726-2430, ext. 4304) and your payment receipt must be presented to the Academy Secretary

Physical Exam

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor or a local clinic for a physical examination

  • Your doctor is to complete Form 75 which states that you are fit enough to participate in the physical fitness programs, defensive tactics programs and you can be exposed to pepper spray

  • Submit Form 75 along with your application and supporting documents

Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

 PAT consists of a half-mile course with approximately 13 objectives including walls, ladders, hurdles, windows and doors. A detailed description of this course will be provided to you prior to taking the PAT. Please await direction from your Academy Coordinator or the Academy Secretary.

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