KEY WEST, FL, November 7, 2023— The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) celebrated the graduation of Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy #85 with a ceremony on November 3 at Coral Shores High School’s auditorium. Ten cadets successfully completed the 770-hour training program, which was held at CFK’s Upper Keys Center in Key Largo. Upon passing the state certification exam, each will be eligible to become a Florida Law Enforcement Officer.
Cathy Torres, Director of CFK’s Institute for Public Safety, recognized top performing graduates with special accolades. Class Captain Anthony Penton Delgado earned awards for leadership, academics, and “top gun” shooting skills. The “PIG” award, which recognizes pride, integrity, and guts, went to Odalmis Hernandez Netro. Physical fitness awards were given to Gissell Benitez and Alfredo Trujillo.
CFK’s law enforcement officer program satisfies 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. Applications are due on December 15 for an academy to be held at the Key West Campus, starting in January 2024 and ending in October 2024. The College is also accepting applications for an academy that will run from May 2024 to March 2025 at the Upper Keys Center. For more information about CFK’s Institute for Public Safety, visit the College’s website at
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