Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 266th Basic Training Class
Twenty-five new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on August 7th at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
Alexander Riggins of the Hill City Police Department was the graduating class president. KLETC Instructor of Police and Class Coordinator James Buettgenbach for the 266th was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
Ray Boese of the Emporia Police Department was awarded the Welch Academic Award of Excellence for his outstanding grades. Brian Pangburn of the Morris County Sheriff's Office was awarded the Top Shot firearms award.
The new officers were members of the 266th basic training class. The graduates, who began their training in February 2020, represented 21 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, 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 Lifelong & Professional Education.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:
• Jose Salinas - Barber County Sheriff’s Office
• Amber Kai - Great Bend Police Department
• Billy Cole - Butler County Sheriff's Office
• Raquel Dean - Augusta Department of Public Safety
• Antonio Mosqueda - El Dorado Police Department
• Lisa Dominique Delgado - Arkansas City Police Department
• Alicia Pack - Arkansas City Police Department
• Michael Yzquierdo - Arkansas City Police Department
• James Claeys - Pittsburgh State University Police Department
• Cody Robert Morlan - Herington Police Department
• Dayton Quint - Dodge City Police Department
• James Williams - Junction City Police Department
• Marissa Ziegler - Junction City Police Department
• Alexander Riggins - Hill City Police Department
• Colton Koch - Jewell County Sheriff’s Office
• Justin Jones - Parsons Police Department
• Ray Boese - Emporia Police Department
• Patrick Renfro - Emporia Police Department
• Brandon Lawson Archuleta - McPherson County Sheriff's Office
• Dylan Conger - Coffeyville Police Department
• Brian Pangburn - Morris County Sheriff's Office
• Jonathan Kunkleman - Kansas State University Police Department
• Virgil Collins - Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
• Lake Mellott - Sherman County Sheriff’s Office
• Autumn Ferris - Caldwell Police Department
Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Top photo: The 266th Basic Training Class, observing social distancing, recite the Code of Ethics affirmation in front of KLETC faculty and staff.
About the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education
KU Lifelong & Professional 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 Lifelong & Professional 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.