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Miami Dade College’s Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 18 Students

Miami Dade College’s Law Enforcement Academy Graduates

MDC School of Justice graduates

Miami, February 5, 2014 - Eighteen recent graduates from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Justice are one step closer to protecting and serving their community. The group completed all state-mandated requirements for the State of Florida law enforcement training program, and each is now eligible to take the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE). Once they qualify, they can be hired as police patrol officers, detectives, K-9 officers, state troopers, and transit and railroad officers, among other positions, in and outside of Florida.

Hispanic students comprised the majority – 68% – of the North Campus’ Basic Law Enforcement Academy Vocational Program, and African-Americans totaled 28%. The curriculum included 770 hours of coursework in legal, DUI traffic stops, crime scene investigations, and communications, among others.  

Last year alone more than 250 highly trained students earned their graduation diplomas from our Law Enforcement Academy,” said Malou C. Harrison, president of the North Campus. “Because of the rigor and high standards of our Academy, our graduates are able to compete favorably for job opportunities in the law enforcement industry.

The School of Justice has trained some 80% of the law enforcement personnel in Miami-Dade County and its 34 municipalities. A very active Advisory Committee comprised of police chiefs from numerous municipalities serves to continuously provide expertise to the program and instruction as it relates to real-world officer needs. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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