KWPD Looking to Sponsor Cadets

Seven current Key West Police officers were sponsored through Class 48 of the academy in 2012. They are (back row) Officers Michael Pettee, Alex Rodriguez, Dennis Ryan, Billy Vazquez, and (front row) Edward Cutie, Anna Nelson, and David Fraga.

The Key West Police Department is looking for motivated candidates who want to become police officers. The Department wants to sponsor the best and the brightest in the upcoming session of the Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice.

These sponsorships are a rare opportunity to earn a salary while working toward becoming a sworn officer. Not only that, but students don’t have to worry about tuition, books and supplies, it’s all paid by the Key West Police Department.

Classes begin in January. However, all paperwork for applications must be received before October 20th..

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a high school education or the equivalent. They must be of good moral character, says Recruiting Officer Danyle Gray, and must not be convicted of a felony or a domestic violence related offense. They must possess a valid Florida’s driver’s license and have a responsible driving record, must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, and cannot be dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Candidates must be able to pass a Florida Department of Law Enforcement record check, medical examination, drug screening, background investigation, psychological test, voice stress test and the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test.

Cadets who are selected will be on a paid contract while attending the academy full time. Upon successful completion and passing the state exam, the cadet will then become a certified police officer. Starting salary is $46,482 and benefits include paid health and dental insurance, paid vacations, a take-home car program and a retirement system.

For more information, contact Officer Gray at (305) 809-1087. Applications can be found on the City of Key West’s website www.cityofkeywest-fl or can be picked up at the City of Key West human resources department located at Habana Plaza.

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