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Employment in certain law enforcement positions requires attendance and successful completion of a training academy program. This is separate and apart from obtaining a college degree in criminal justice. To be a police officer requires the completion of a law enforcement academy; to be a corrections officer or jail deputy requires the completion of a corrections academy; to be a probation officer requires the completion of a probation academy. In addition, various other positions require academy training including juvenile justice. In the case of police officers, students usually attend the academy on their own and then seek employment, although some agencies do on occasion sponsor trainees. For all other positions – corrections, probation, and juvenile justice - persons are hired by an agency and sent through the academy. Hillsborough Community College’s Criminal Justice Institute offers police, corrections, probation, and juvenile justice academy training.

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