Twenty-three new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on March 6. Derrick Crisenbery of the Hays Police Department was the graduating class president and Winfield Chief of Police Robbie DeLong was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
The new officers were members of the 263rd basic training class. The graduates, who began their training in November 2019, represented 18 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.
During the ceremony, class president Crisenbery presented KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck with a check for $800 that will go toward projects like the maintenance and upkeep of the KLETC Wall of Honor, which is a memorial to KLETC graduates that have fallen in the line of duty.
“KLETC uses its endowment funds to support important initiatives such as the Wall of Honor or The Protector statue,” Beck said. “We even hope at some point to be able to offer scholarships through these funds.”
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, KLETC 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. KLETC offers continuing education and specialized training to over 10,000 Kansas officers each year. KLETC is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, and is a division of University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:
- Eric Townsdin - Chase County Sheriff’s Office
- Emma Davis - Winfield Police Department
- Derrick Crisenbery - Hays Police Department
- Mason Seery - Hays Police Department
- Derek Schmidt - Holcomb Police Department
- Jared Hays - Dodge City Police Department
- Dakota Freeman - Ottawa Police Department
- Lanna Lynn Sinead Rommel - Harvey County Sheriff’s Office
- Kaleb Siemers - McPherson Police Department
- Timothy Hill - Paola Police Department
- Bradley Niemann - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
- Andrew Page - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
- Taylor Grace - Hutchinson Police Department
- Dakota Colhouer - Rush County Sheriff’s Office
- Joseph Gosch - Park City Police Department
- Emily Kindel - Derby Police Department
- Wyatt Pulver - Wichita State University Police Department
- Kalyn Abare - Liberal Police Department
- Nathan Brennon - Liberal Police Department
- Tyler Rickstrew - Sumner County Sheriff’s Office
- Nicholas L’Ecuyer - Washington County Sheriff’s Office
- Shawn Petty - Neodesha Police Department
- Dalton Rorabaugh - Woodson County Sheriff’s Office
Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
About the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education
KU Professional & Continuing Education supports the teaching, research and public service missions of the University, contributing to postgraduate professional education, workforce development, distance learning and quality of life for Kansans and worldwide communities. Other programming within Professional & Continuing Education includes Professional Programs, Aerospace Short Courses, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute. Combined, these programs teach more than 30,000 individuals a year in every county in Kansas, across the United States and internationally. It is headquartered at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.
About the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968 as the central law enforcement training facility for our state, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) serves as the headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas. Located at the former naval air station south of Hutchinson and west of Yoder in Reno County, Kansas, the Center’s mission, as expressed in the Law Enforcement Training Act, K.S.A. 74-5601 et. seq. is “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the state, and the training center shall offer to qualified applicants such programs and courses of instruction designed to fulfill this end.” KLETC directly trains the overwhelming majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas, and oversees, supervises and monitors the training of the remaining officers at eight authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.