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KWPD Welcomes Three (3) New Officers


Castillo, Celcer and Dorgan
Newly sworn in Key West Police Officers are Jason Castillo, Kuniko Celcer and John Dorgan.  All three joined the department after graduating in August from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Institute of Criminal Justice at Florida Keys Community College.

Three new Key West police officers were recently sworn in to the department by Chief Buz Dillon.

All three graduated in August from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Institute of Criminal Justice at Florida Keys Community College. Before administering the oath, Chief Buz Dillon said, "We have additional powers granted to us by the State of Florida and because of that we are held to a higher standard than the citizens. Our behavior on- and off-duty must be exemplary. If you're not up to living your life with these higher standards, you may want to find another career."

Jason Castillo, 25, graduated from Key West High School in 1995 and has an Associate's degree from Florida Keys Community College. He said he chose Key West police because it will "give me the opportunity to give something back to my home town."

Kuniko Celcer, 32, came to Key West police after working two years as a registered nurse and 10 years as a paramedic in Key West. She graduated from Key West High School in 1988 and has an Associate's degree in nursing from Florida Keys Community College. She calls Tokyo, Japan, her hometown. Celcer said she chose Key West police after working beside many officers while employed with Key West Rescue, adding that she "found law enforcement interesting and exciting."

John Dorgan, 23, is a native of York, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1998. He said he chose the Key West Police Department because the community is very close.

At the ceremony each new officer swore an oath to support, protect and defend the U. S. Constitution and government, the state of Florida and the Key West City Charter, and signed a code of ethics.

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