FKCC held a graduation ceremony on July 13 for three law enforcement training academies completed at its Upper Keys Center.  A total of 35 cadets—27 in basic law enforcement academies and eight in a correctional officer crossover to law enforcement academy—successfully completed their respective training program.  Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.

Through partnerships with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Homestead Police Department seven graduates have already secured employment.  During the ceremony, Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay swore in two cadets and Homestead Police Captain Garland Wright swore in five cadets, inducting them into their new roles as law enforcement officers.

Cathy Torres, Director of FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized top performing graduates with special accolades.  Leadership awards were given to the class captains of each academy: Anthony Machado, Ana Coello, and Theodore Taylor.  Jacquelyn Paschel, Luis Ledesma, and Allan Piggott were recognized for academic achievement.  “Top Gun” honors went to Fabian Benito-Revollo and Kevin Sanchez-Melendez.  The coveted “PIG” awards were presented to Andersen Harrill, Luis Ledesma, and Brandon Wilcox.

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 three upcoming academies.  A basic law enforcement academy and a correctional officer crossover to law enforcement academy start in August in FKCC’s Upper Keys Center.  FKCC will also begin a basic law enforcement academy at the Key West Campus in January.  For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit