Angie Key graduated from Surry Community College’s Criminal Justice Technology program with an associate’s degree in 1997 and completed SCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)
program in 2000, and now she has an exciting career working with the
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. She also went onto to
complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a 1995 Surry Central
High School graduate.
“The BLET program at SCC
has instructors from various law enforcement agencies, which allows the
students to explore different agencies and what that particular agency
can offer,” Key said. “Having diversity allows students to interact with
instructors and ask questions about their particular agencies. My
experience at SCC’s BLET has provided me with friendships and mentors
that have helped me along my career path.”
Before joining law
enforcement, Key remembers working in the payroll department at a local
business when she realized her current career path just wasn’t what she
“I didn’t like being contained inside the office all day.
I talked to a cousin who was in law enforcement, and he told me about
the things he was doing with his job. I was taking computer programing
classes at the time, so I switched my classes to Criminal Justice. Law
enforcement just kind of clicked and came natural, and it sounded
Key is currently the Assistant Special Agent in Charge
of the Northwestern District at the North Carolina State Bureau of
Investigation. She covers 13 counties and is a certified fire
investigator. She is also a certified explosive specialist on the bomb
squad. She investigates clandestine laboratories, other criminal cases
and crime scenes. She has been with the SBI since 2003.
part of my job is solving cases. It makes you feel like you’ve done
something good. I especially enjoy solving cold cases, and I work a lot
of homicides. It’s fun and interesting to work cases to find out what
happened. It’s also a challenge. With my job, it’s something new every
day. You never know what people are going to do. I’ve seen some crazy
stuff,” she said.
Key began her career in law enforcement at the
Mount Airy Police Department in patrol where she enjoyed working the
road from 2001 to 2003. However, she had a desire to do more
investigative work. On the very first night of putting on her uniform,
the MAPD had a homicide on their hands.
“I remember thinking what
have I gotten myself into, but I learned that you can’t dwell on these
situations. You just have to deal with it since it’s a part of the job,”
Key attended Gardner Webb GOAL program through SCC and
graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.In 2014,
she obtained a master’s degree in Justice Administration from Methodist
University. She is a certified instructor through the North Carolina
Justice Academy, andas a BLET instructor at SCC, she teaches criminal
investigation, domestic violence training, patrol techniques and
interview skills. She also previously taught as an adjunct instructor
for SCC’s Criminal Justice Technology program.
“I tell all my
students that education is so important. It will help you get promoted
and receive more pay. At the SBI, you have to have a four-year degree.
If you are willing to do the work to get more education, it will only
help you in the long run,” Key said. “Additional class work gives
students an idea of what to expect and opens their eyes to different
perspectives and more opportunities. Police work is not just riding
around in the police car. You help people, but there’s more to it. Law
enforcement is like a puzzle. You have to understand constitutional law
and think on your feet.”
Surry Community College BLET graduates
fill numerous roles in all aspects of law enforcement including federal,
state and local officers who work in patrol, criminal investigation,
K-9 handling, tactical teams, civil division, detention facilities, and
administration including several police chiefs and sheriffs. Do you want
to be a part of something big? Take that first step and enroll now!
is a 726-hour course accredited by the N.C. Criminal Justice Training
and Standards Commission. Tuition may be waived through a law
enforcement agency sponsorship. Three classes are offered yearly: BLET
Day Course I, January to June; BLET Night Class, May to December; and
BLET Day Course II, July to December. The classes are taught at Surry
Community College's Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy, N.C.
an interview appointment and application packet, please contact James
“Jim” McHone, Director of Law Enforcement Training, at (336) 386-3292 or
email@example.com. Watch an in-depth video on the BLET program.
Choosing a college is an important decision, and we’re pleased that you’re interested in Surry Community College.