Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 267th Basic Training Class
Twenty-One new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on August 28th at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
Tyler Stephenson of the Baldwin City Police Department was the graduating class president. Rob McClarty, KLETC Instructor of Police and Class Coordinator for the 267th Basic Training Class, was the speaker for the ceremony.
Class president Stephenson was named to the Director’s Honor Roll and was also the recipient of the Welch Academic Award. Deputy Chandler Ford from the Mead County Sheriff’s Office and Logan Higbee from the Beloit Police Department were acknowledged for having shot 100% on their firearms qualification, with Officer Higbee being recognized as the class “Top Shot”.
McClarty also singled out students Logan Higbee, Levi Chermak, Austin Sievert, Tyler Stephenson, Shawn Hyde, Tanner Houck, Blake Stromgren and Chandler Ford for assisting a motorist who’s car had flipped. The students were en route to Cheney on their downtime when they noticed the overturned vehicle. They worked together to ensure that not only was the motorist safe, but that the area was safe as well. The students tended to the motorist and controlled traffic until the Reno County EMS, Pretty Prairie Fire Department, and Kansas Highway Patrol arrived on the scene.
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.
The graduates, who began their training in February 2020, represented 15 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:
• Madysn Mitchell - Butler Community College Department of Public Safety
• Eric Hidecker - Chase County Sheriff's Office
• Logan Curran - Girard Police Department
• Dexter Holliday - Iowa Tribal Police Department
• Vanessa Schmalz - Baldwin City Police Department
• Tyler Stephenson - Baldwin City Police Department
• Tylor Preeo - Greeley County Sheriff's Office
• Shawn Hyde - Kansas City Public Schools Police Department
• Nancy Martinez - Leavenworth Police Department
• Brittany Swanbeck - Leavenworth Police Department
• Xochitl Arzate - Emporia State University Police Department
• Chandler Ford - Meade County Sheriff's Office
• Logan Higbee - Beloit Police Department
• Colbe Austin - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
• Levi Chermak - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
• Tanner Houck - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
• Austin Sievert - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
• Blake Stromgren - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
• Randall Benoit - Rooks County Sheriff's Office
• Chase Newacheck - Russell County Sheriff's Office
• Darrell Moody - Belle Plaine Police Department
Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Top photo: The 267th 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.