The St. Petersburg College /St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) Public Safety Education Program, formerly known as the St. Petersburg Police Cadet Program, is a dual enrollment program designed to allow high school students with an interest in law enforcement or public safety the opportunity to complete college-level courses in to preparation for entering this career field.
This program targets 11th and 12th grade high school students and allows them to take college-level courses at the SPC Allstate Center after their regular school day. Students enrolled in the program will take a total of four classes during their last four semesters of high school, with the opportunity to earn a total of 12 college credits. Credits can be applied toward a degree program at SPC, or they can be transferred to any accredited college or university that will accept them.
The program requires a 3.0 GPA, but students with a 2.5 GPA can enroll, as long as the GPA is trending up. The decision to accept students without a 3.0 is done on a case-by-case decision.
Course schedule, days and times
The program consists of four courses taken during the junior and senior years of high school:
- CJE1202- Crime and Delinquency
- CJE2605- Investigative Trends
- CCJ2720-Introduction to Research Methods Criminal Justice
- DSC1004-Introdudction to the NRF and NIMS
Classes are offered at the Allstate Center Monday through Thursday from 3 – 4:15 p.m. two days per week.
Opportunities for field trips and interaction with the St. Petersburg Police Department and other law enforcement and public safety professionals will be offered. The program will require students to participate in training with the SPPD one Saturday per semester.
Participating students who are 18 years of age also have the opportunity to obtain part-time employment with the city of St. Petersburg, which could be a stepping stone for other opportunities and careers with the city.
The program is currently offered to the following South County high schools, but North County students are welcome to participate.
- Boca Ciega
- St. Petersburg
- Pinellas Park
- Dixie Hollins
Students will need to have transportation the Allstate Center to attend classes.
If you have questions, please contact Michael Hughes, Chair of Law Programs at SPC at 727-341-4146, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Call Calvin Gordon, PSEP Instructor, at 727-341-4509, or email him at Gordon.email@example.com. Also available is Janie Staples, St. Petersburg Police Officer, at 727-892-5082, or email her at Janie.Staples@stpete.org