FKCC’s 62nd Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy graduated on June 10 in the auditorium of Coral Shores High School.  Twenty cadets successfully completed the 770-hour training program based in the College’s Upper Keys Center in Tavernier.  Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.

Cathy Torres, Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with special accolades.  Corbin Hradecky, the Class Captain, was recognized for providing leadership and Joel Rios was recognized for academic achievement.  The coveted “PIG” award was presented to Danilo Paneca for “demonstrating pride, integrity, and guts.”  Addison LaPradd was named “Top Gun” for superior shooting skills.

FKCC’s BLE program satisfies the training requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.  FKCC is currently accepting applications for a Basic Law Enforcement academy that begins in August at its Upper Keys Center as well as one that begins in January 2018 at the Key West Campus.  For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit