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KLETC Announces 257th Law Enforcement Training Graduating Class

September 27th, 2019 -- Abby Olcese
Fifty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Sept. 20. Sheriff Randy Henderson of the Reno County Sheriff's Office delivered the commencement address to grads representing 39 agencies from across Kansas.
By Lisa Webster

YODER (Sept. 27, 2019) – Fifty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Sept. 20. Sheriff Randy Henderson, of the Reno County Sheriff’s office, was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

The new officers were members of the 257th 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 June 10, 2019, represented 39 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.Class president John Williams of the Hutchinson Police Department delivers remarks to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center's 257th graduating class. This year's class represented 39 law enforcement agencies from across the state of 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 over 10,000 Kansas officers each year.

Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by agency.

Barton County

  • Barton County Sheriff’s Office; Keaton Goering; deputy; Great Bend

Brown County

  • Kickapoo Tribal PD; Sam Gerety; patrol officer; Horton
  • Sac & Fox Tribal PD; Brandon Schmidt; patrol officer; Reserve

Cherokee County

  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Scotty Overman; patrol officer; Columbus
  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Domonic Parrish; deputy; Columbus

Clay County

  • Clay Center Police Department; Bryan Lago; patrol officer; Clay Center

Comanche County

  • Comanche County Sheriff’s Department; Jacob Bruckner; deputy; Coldwater

Cowley County

  • Cowley County Sheriff’s Department; Roger Wilt; deputy; Winfield

Crawford County

  • Pittsburg Police Department; Seth Robbins; patrol officer; Pittsburg

Elk County

  • Elk County Sheriff’s Office; Stephen Heinen; deputy; Howard

Ellis County

  • Hays Police Department; Dakota Gulley; patrol officer; Hays

Ellsworth County

  • Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Department; Dorian Torkelson; patrol officer; Ellsworth

Finney County

  • Garden City Police Department; Cristobal Reyes Lopez; patrol officer; Garden City

Hamilton County

  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; Jordan Grabowski; deputy; Syracuse

Harper County

  • Anthony Police Department; Drake Chance; patrol officer; Anthony

Jackson County

  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police; Michael Barnhart; patrol officer; Mayetta
  • Holton Police Department; Misty Herbster; patrol officer; Holton

Labette County

  • Oswego Police Department; Blake Clayborn; patrol officer; Oswego

Leavenworth County

  • Leavenworth Police Department; Shane Adams; patrol officer; Leavenworth
  • Leavenworth Police Department; Austin Allen; patrol officer; Leavenworth
  • Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office; Darrell Dressler deputy; Leavenworth
  • Lansing Police Department; Willie Banks; patrol officer; Lansing
  • Lansing Police Department; Adam Munoz; patrol officer; Lansing

Linn County

  • Linn County Police Department; Kyler Parscale; deputy; Mound City

McPherson County

  • McPherson Police Department; Collin Reissig; patrol officer; McPherson

Pawnee County

  • Larned Police Department; John Pritchett; patrol officer; Larned

Pottawatomie County

  • Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office; Nalani Clark; deputy; Westmoreland
  • Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office; Bailee Larson; deputy; Westmoreland

Reno County

  • Hutchinson Police Department; Rodney Henry; patrol officer; Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Police Department; Dakota Roberds; patrol officer; Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Police Department; John Williams; patrol officer; Hutchinson
  • Reno County Sheriff’s Office; Jeremy Stone; deputy; Hutchinson

Rooks County

  • Stockton Police Department; Jessie Goodenow; patrol officer; Stockton

Saline County

  • Salina Police Department; Erik Bloom; patrol officer Salina
  • Salina Police Department; Connor Boyer; patrol officer; Salina
  • Salina Police Department; Wesley Emberlin; patrol officer; Salina

Seward County

  • Liberal Police Department; Juan Ramirez; patrol officer; Liberal

Shawnee County

  • MTAA Police & Fire Department; Aaron Badger; patrol officer; Topeka
  • MTAA Police & Fire Department; Jonathan Bryant; patrol officer; Topeka
  • Washburn University Police; Erica Harper; patrol officer; Topeka
  • National Guard Facilities Police Dept; Nicholas Janeski; Topeka

Thomas County

  • Colby Police Department; Joshua Griffith; patrol officer; Colby

Wilson County

  • Fredonia Police Department; Michael Thomas; patrol officer; Fredonia

Wyandotte

  • Edwardsville Police Department; Jesse Marshall; patrol officer; Edwardsville
  • Kansas City Public Schools Police Dept; Christopher Tompson; Kansas City
  • University of Kansas Med Center Police Dept; Eric Guzman Bustillos; patrol officer; Kansas City
  • University of Kansas Med Center Police Dept; Samantha Pfeifer; patrol officer; Kansas City

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.

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