FKCC BLE #48 Graduation
July 12, 2012— The graduating cadets of Florida Keys Community College’s basic law enforcement academy celebrated both their completion of the rigorous 770-hour training program and the start of new careers as law enforcement officers at a graduation ceremony held on Tuesday at the San Carlos Institute. The event for the college’s forty-eighth such academy marked the first commencement presided over by new college president Dr. Jonathan Gueverra.

While the cadets must still pass the state certification exam, all have secured local employment and will exercise their new skills by protecting and serving the Keys.

“This graduating class, with every member placed into a job, is a prime example of how the college is working with the community and/or leaders to strengthen our workforce,” said Gueverra. “We appreciate the close collaborations we enjoy with our law enforcement agencies and look forward to even closer working relationships in the future.”

During the ceremony, Monroe County Sheriff Bob Peryam inducted internal affairs inspector Michelle Maxwell to her new role as deputy sheriff with the presentation of her badge. Also, seven cadets were sworn in as Key West Police Officers by Captain Scott Smith.

FKCC Institute for Public Safety Director Marc Halvorson recognized the best and the brightest of the class with awards. Class Captain Michael Pettee was recognized for his leadership and academic excellence—completing his coursework with a 96.63 percent average. Anna Dykes received the “Top Gun” award for her superior shooting skills. In a rare gesture, Halvorson honored every member of the class with the coveted “PIG” award for demonstrating pride, integrity, and guts.

FKCC’s Basic Law Enforcement program satisfies the training requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Program coursework surveys the criminal justice system and provides training in basic law and legal procedures, communications, vehicle operations, investigations, defensive tactics, first aid, traffic stops, firearms, patrol techniques and crowd control.

FKCC is currently accepting applications for a Corrections Basic Recruit academy that begins in August. The full-time program will run Monday through Friday, 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. on the Key West Campus. For more information about FKCC’s Institute for Public Safety, visit www.fkcc.edu/academics/criminal-justice.da.
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