Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 262nd Basic Training Class
Twenty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Feb 14. Jennifer Richner of the Edwardsville Police Department was the graduating class president and Sheriff Andrew Dedeke from Leavenworth County was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
The new officers were members of the 262nd basic training class. The graduates, who began their training in October 2019, represented 14 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 Professional & Continuing Education.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:
- Michael Kinnard - University of Kansas Police Department
- Andrew Sheely - Fort Hays State University Police Department
- Shyanna Dunn - Parsons Police Department
- Ronald Fox - Leavenworth Police Department
- Shawn Hund - Leavenworth Police Department
- Emily Whitehead - Leavenworth Police Department
- James Reagan - Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
- Catelyn Brady - Paola Police Department
- Christopher Kierl - Miami County Sheriff’s Office
- Taylor Adamson - Coffeyville Police Department
- Matthew Pasilas - Osborne Police Department
- Ian McIntire - Hutchinson Police Department
- William Bowles - Kansas State University Police Department
- Ronald Cervera - Kansas State University Police Department
- Jacob Hansel - Salina Police Department
- Shawn Engel - Goddard Police Department
- Ryan Mincks Goddard Police Department
- Clayton Anthony Vestering - Haysville Police Department
- Jessica Cruz-Merida - Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office
- Jennifer Richner - Edwardsville Police Department
- Jason Teddy - University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
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.