YODER – Ottawa Police Department Chief Dennis Butler congratulated 57 new law enforcement officers during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Friday, July 11.
The new officers were members of the 229th 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 Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training March 31, represented 39 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, 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 the 14-week basic training program. The center offered continuing education and specialized training to as many as 5,600 Kansas officers each year. Funding for the training center is generated from court docket fees from municipal and state courts. No funds from the state’s general revenue are used to operate the center.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county.
Iola Police Department; Ben Biggs; patrol officer; Iola
Butler Community College Public Safety Department; Leslie Jimerson; patrol officer; El Dorado
Butler County Sheriff’s Office; Craig Sammartano; deputy; El Dorado
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Noble Dobkins; deputy; Columbus; Cherokee County
Concordia Police Department; Jeffrey Sacco; patrol officer; Concordia
Ellis County Sheriff’s Department; Katelyn Jurgensen; deputy; Hays
Fort Hays State University Police Department; Nathaniel McComas; patrol officer; Hays
Newton Police Department; Brandon Deck; patrol officer; Newton; Harvey County
Newton Police Department; Luke Winslow; patrol officer; Newton; Harvey County
Ottawa Police Department; Nicholas Goodwin; patrol officer; Ottawa; Franklin County
Dodge City Police Department; Andres Guerrero; patrol officer; Dodge City; Ford County
Finney County Sheriff’s Office; Daniel Ramirez; deputy; Garden City; Finney County
Leavenworth Police Department; Derek Eveland; patrol officer; Leavenworth
Leavenworth Police Department; Sean Fisher; patrol officer; Leavenworth
Leavenworth Police Department; Ian Hall; patrol officer; Leavenworth
Leavenworth Police Department; Sarah Moreno; patrol officer; Leavenworth
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office; Stephen Tuttle; deputy; Leavenworth
Emporia Police Department; Billie Schulz; patrol officer; Emporia
Miami County Sheriff’s Office; Mitchell Talley; deputy; Paola
Beloit Police Department; Brian Culpepper; patrol officer; Beloit
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Clinton Dunham; deputy; Independence
Neosho County Sheriff’s Department; Kyle Shultz; deputy; Erie
Chanute Police Department; Brent Wright; patrol officer; Chanute
Wamego Police Department; Cory Manning; patrol officer; Wamego
Hutchinson Police Department; Jesse Flint; patrol officer; Hutchinson
Hutchinson Police Department; Dustin Greene; patrol officer; Hutchinson; Reno County
Rice County Sheriff’s Department; Matthew Hastings; deputy; Lyons
Rooks County Sheriff’s Department; Taylor Ganoung; deputy; Stockton
Rush County Sheriff’s Office; Marshall Broberg; deputy; La Crosse
Salina Police Department; Michael Baker; patrol officer; Salina
Saline County Sheriff’s Office; Benjamin Bett; deputy; Salina
Salina Police Department; Samuel Riffel; patrol officer; Salina
Bel Aire Police Department; Justin Camplin; patrol officer; Bel Aire
Bel Aire Police Department; Joshua Elpers; patrol officer; Bel Aire
Valley Center Police Department; Matthew Trelow; patrol officer; Valley Center
Seward County Sheriff’s Department; Allan Kirk; deputy; Liberal; Seward County
Kansas Highway Patrol; Mary Deseck; patrol officer; Topeka
Kansas Highway Patrol; Joshua Franco; patrol officer; Topeka
Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office; Ryan Ladner; deputy; Topeka
MTAA Police & Fire Department; Christopher Ortega; patrol officer; Topeka
Sumner County Sheriff’s Office; Justin Bauerle; deputy; Wellington
Sumner County Sheriff’s Office; Colin Crosby; deputy; Wellington
Oxford Police Department; Stanley Richey; patrol officer; Oxford
Thomas County Sheriff’s Office; Aaron Schriner; deputy; Colby
Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office; Allen Cottone; deputy; Alma; Wabaunsee County
Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department; Danica Baird; deputy; Kansas City
Kansas City Public Schools Police Department; Bernadette Bayless-Rios; patrol officer; Kansas City
Kansas City Kansas Community College Campus Police; Robert Blanchard; patrol officer; Kansas City
Kansas City Public Schools Police Department Ernest Greene; patrol officer; Kansas City
Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department; Jonathan Hainje; deputy; Kansas City.