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The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) held a graduation ceremony for two academies completed through CFK’s Institute for Public Safety on February 21 at its Upper Keys Center in Tavernier.  A total of 18 cadets—15 in a basic law enforcement academy and three 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.


Cathy Torres, Director of CFK’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized top performing graduates with special accolades.  Class captain Kyle Chandler earned a leadership award.  Natasha Burgos-Hernandez and Shelsy Fernandez were recognized for academic achievement.  “Top Gun” honors went to Luis Rodriguez for superior shooting skills.  David Morado and Alyssa Raistrick received Physical Fitness awards and the “PIG” award, which recognizes pride, integrity, and guts, went to John Perrotti.


CFK’s law enforcement officer programs satisfy the training requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.  CFK is currently accepting applications for two upcoming basic law enforcement academies that begin in May—one at the CFK’s Key West Campus and the other at its Upper Keys Center.  All of the classes are part-time, in the evening.  Applications are due April 4.  For more information about CFK’s Institute for Public Safety, visit the College’s website at https://www.fkcc.edu/academics/basicrecruit/.