YODER — Fifty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on March 8.
Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
The new officers were members of the 254th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training Nov. 12, 2018, represented 38 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, the state’s law enforcement licensing authority. The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and hands-on applications help train officers to solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, the center trains the majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas and oversees the training of the remaining officers at seven authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
About 300 officers enroll annually in KLETC 14-week basic training programs. The center offers continuing education and specialized training to more than 10,000 Kansas officers each year.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency.
- Ellinwood Police Department in Ellinwood — Craig Merritt, patrol officer
- Great Bend Police Department in Great Bend — Matthew Barker, Malik Moon, Craig Ramsey, patrol officers
- Augusta Department of Public Safety in Augusta – Nathaniel Coffman, Ethan Herrick, patrol officers
- Winfield Police Department in Winfield – Aniya McGowan, Drew Popplewell, patrol officers
- Abilene Police Department in Abilene – Grant Pratt, patrol officer
- Hays Police Department in Hays – Lane Hoffman, Nicholas Kleiber, patrol officers
- Geary County Sheriff’s Department in Junction City – Kody Idell, deputy
- Junction City Police Department in Junction City – Darby Zackery Comer, Devin Stamm, patrol officers
- Harper Police Department in Harper – Jacob Walter, patrol officer
- Newton Police Department in Newton – Lucas Rindt, patrol officer
- Altamont Police Department in Altamont – Brian Sinclair, patrol officer
- Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office in Leavenworth – John Dunlap, deputy
- Leavenworth Police Department in Leavenworth – Gabriel Okeke, Linda Whitelaw, patrol officers
- Peabody Police Department in Marion – Joshua Wilson, patrol officer
- McPherson Police Department in McPherson – Jason Moen, patrol officer
- Osawatomie Department of Public Safety – in Osawatomie – Nina Coleman, patrol officer
- Beloit Police Department in Beloit – Jaden Flower, patrol officer
- Coffeyville Police Department – Coffeyville – Terrance Gaston, patrol officer
- Chanute Police Department in Chanute – Miranda Ornelas, patrol officer
- Neosho County Sheriff’s Department in Erie – Torry Busby, deputy
- Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office in Westmoreland – Ryan Kidd, deputy
- Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism in Pratt – Derek Kvasnicka, natural resource officer
- South Hutchinson Police Department in South Hutchinson – Shannon Heath, patrol officer
- Salina Police Department in Salina – Keegan Hays, Aaron Keiswetter, patrol officer
- Haysville Police Department in Haysville – Matthew Mellington, Nathan Sooby, Jeremiah Willis, patrol officer
- Valley Center Police Department in Valley Center – Liliana Garcia, patrol officer
- Washburn University Police in Topeka – Lorenzo Mendez, patrol officer
- Goodland Police Department in Goodland – Jamie McKinney, patrol officer
- Smith County Sheriff’s Office in Smith Center – Jeremy Presbrey, deputy
- University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department in Kansas City – Grant Halderman, Robert Metz, patrol officers
Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.