FKCC held a graduation ceremony on October 20 for its sixty-fourth Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy in the auditorium of Key West High School.  Eleven cadets successfully completed the 770-hour training program based in the College’s Key West Campus.  Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become Florida Law Enforcement Officers.

Through partnerships with the Key West Police Department (KWPD) and the Monroe County Sheriff Office (MCSO), ten graduates have already secured local employment.  During the ceremony, both KWPD Chief Donie Lee and Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay swore in their respective graduates and presented them with badges reflecting of their new roles as 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.  Kathleen Donavan, the Class Captain, was recognized for providing leadership and as “Top Gun” for her superior shooting skills.  Joelle Grassi was recognized for academic achievement.  Both Grassi and James Nelson earned physical fitness awards, while the coveted “PIG” award was presented to Samuel Carpenter 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 a Basic Law Enforcement academy that begins in January at the Key West Campus as well as one that begins in May at its Upper Keys Center.  For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit