Welcome to the Central Florida Law Enforcement Explorer Academy!

Explorer Academy Forms

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office-Police Athletic League is proud to host the upcoming Class 21 of the Central Florida Law Enforcement Explorers Academy. Joining us for 2024 are the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Orlando Police Department, Daytona Beach Police Department, Deland Police Department, Kissimmee Police Explorers and the Orange City Police Department.

Interested agencies with active Explorer Posts may join the CFLEEA and should contact us
for more information.

The 2024 academy will take place at Seminole State College from June 3-June 14, 2024
from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm daily. (specific details on time and exact locations will be released closer to the event time)

The mandatory orientation meeting will be held June 2, 2024 from 6:30-8 P.M. at the Youth Services Prevention and Enforcement Center, PAL Gym.

Youth Services Prevention and Enforcement Center address is 1151 E. 28th Street Sanford, FL 32773

Seminole State College address is 100 Weldon Blvd. Sanford, FL


The Central Florida Law Enforcement Explorer Academy staff is dedicated to providing education related to law enforcement topics to the young men and women of local police Explorer Posts. While it isn't the intention of the Academy to directly influence Explorers to become police officers, the goal is
to provide as much information on these functions to guide the students towards appropriate career choices overall. We hope to expose our students to all aspects of law enforcement in order to expand their knowledge base of the profession. Furthermore, it is the mission of the CFLEEA to provide the maximum benefit and successful completion to all enrolled students.



The Academy is a multi-phase program which caters to first time student, as well as, the more advanced Phases 2 and 3. Instruction is provided by certified law enforcement instructors and support personnel actively working with various law enforcement agencies. The curriculum consists of 100 hours of instruction and may include but is not limited to the following:

Criminal Law, Physical Fitness, Court Testimony, Firearms, Search/Seizure, Self Defense/Defensive Tactics, Crash Investigation, Military Drill, Traffic Stops, Rappelling, Building Searches, Jail or other facility tours, Narcotics Identification, Special Unit Demonstrations, Taser, Ethics, Field Training Land Navigation, Report Writing, Crime Scene and Surveillance.

NOTE **** Explorers will only be permitted to handle weapons while in the presence of qualified law enforcement officers and at the discretion of the Academy Administration and Firearms Instructors.

Phase enrollment works in succession as students complete each previous phase to graduate to the next level. For example, a first time student would enter and complete phase 1, then enroll for phase 2 the following year and then phase 3.

* Consideration may be given for direct enrollment to Phase 2 with proper documentation of the successful completion of an 80 hour Explorer training course (including curriculum) for the Administration to waive Phase 1 attendance.

Physical training and military style drill are an integral part of the CFLEEA. Students should be prepared to participate in callisthenic/cardiovascular/stretching exercise daily. As this is a summer season event, please arrive hydrated, properly dressed and ready to exercise outdoors. Drill instruction will also be held outdoors daily.


For instructional periods, the Explorer uniform consists of the Academy provided T-shirt, Academy provided ball cap, black BDU's, black belt and black boots. Pants, belt and boots are to be provided by the student. Students must arrive at the Academy every morning in physical training attire (T-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes). Inappropriate attire will not be tolerated and will exclude the students from participating in or receiving credit for any physical training missed.

Awards and Graduation

Explorers who excel in certain areas will be recognized for their efforts during graduation. Those areas are:

     1. Academics
     2. Tactical Ability
     3. Firearms
     4. Most Improved
     5. Physical Fitness
     6. Overall Excellence

All Explorers meeting the grade and testing requirements as well as the attendance requirements will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and class photograph to be presented during graduation. Agency administrators, as well as your family, are encouraged to attend this special ceremony

For Advisors

Please note that you or your agency designee must be accessible by phone or present during Academy hours. Transportation to and from the Academy is the responsibility of the Post, agency or individual student. (transportation for off-site will be provided by PAL and is included as part of the training curriculum).

A $150 fee for the duration of the Academy is required for any advisor or additional agency personnel to partake in daily breakfast and lunch. This must be paid in advance by the same deadline as the student enrollment fee. Buffet style food is ordered in advanced based on PAID ATTENDEES, no exceptions.
Otherwise, food is available for purchase at Seminole State College and the surrounding area.


All Paperwork and completed forms are DUE BY May 10, 2024

The registration for the CFLEEA is $225.00 per student. Payment terms are the responsibility of the agency Explorer Post and/or the individual students. Included in the cost are:

     1. Breakfast and lunch for all 10 academy days
     2. Water container and water
     3. Ball cap
     4. 2 Uniform T-shirts
     5. Notebook
     6. Duffle bag
     7. All instruction and materials

Direct Correspondence to:

Mr. Keith Betham - Academy Coordinator
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Bush Blvd, Sanford, FL. 32773

Phone: 407-665-1909 or 407-474-4840

Emails: kbetham@seminolesheriff.org