In a ceremony held last week, Florida Keys Community College celebrated the graduation of its twenty-seventh Cross-Over to Basic Law Enforcement Academy.  The five graduates, who were all credentialed corrections officers, successfully completed the rigorous training program to expand their careers into law enforcement.  Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become a Florida Law Enforcement Officer.

Cathy Torres, Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized the best and the brightest of the class with special accolades.  Biandrea Darkins was recognized for providing leadership, William Guerra was awarded for academic achievement, and Nicholas Niemiec earned the coveted “PIG” award for demonstrating “pride, integrity, and guts.”

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 Basic Law Enforcement Academies as well as Cross-Over to Basic Law Enforcement Academies that begin in May.  Each is offered at the Key West Campus as well as the Upper Keys Center.  For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit