YODER — Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 1. Sheriff Jeff Richards, of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
The new officers were members of the 258th basic training class at the center, representing the first graduating class of the new 24-person basic training class format. Under the new class format, basic training classes will start more frequently and feature smaller group sizes, with a new class starting every three weeks. 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 July 29, 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, 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.
Great Bend Police Department; Matthew Adams; patrol officer; Great Bend
Fort Scott Police Department; Trey Sharp; special agent; Fort Scott
Butler County Sheriff’s Office; Kole Marshall; deputy; El Dorado
Butler Community College Public Safety; Allen Peck; patrol officer; El Dorado
Andover Police Department; James Wilkinson; patrol officer; Andover
Baxter Springs Police Department; Stephanie McBeth; patrol officer; Baxter Springs
Finney County Sheriff’s Office; Ruben Alba; deputy; Garden City
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Brandon Barkley; deputy; Ottawa
Jewell County Sheriff’s Department; Hunter Burger; deputy; Mankato
Kingman County Sheriff’s Office; Matthew Purcell; deputy; Kingman
Osawatomie Dept. of Public Safety; Sydney LeStourgeon; patrol officer; Osawatomie
Morton County Sheriff’s Department; Craig Harrington; deputy; Elkhart
Osage County Sheriff’s Office; James Cason; deputy; Lyndon
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Spencer Anderson; natural resource officer; Pratt
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Colter Silhan; natural resource officer; Pratt
Pratt Police Department; Jeremy Stitt; patrol officer; Pratt.
Stafford County Sheriff’s Department; Gregory McAlister; deputy; St. John.
Photo: The 258th graduating class of the Kansas Law Enforcement and Training Center recites the oath of honor at the graduation ceremony Nov. 1. The 258th class was the first to implement a smaller class size, allowing KLETC to train more classes per year. Starting with the 258th graduating class, new basic training classes at KLETC begin every three weeks.