YODER – Fifty-five new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Topeka Police Department Chief James L. Brown during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) Friday, June 12.
The new officers were members of the 234th 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 9, represented 40 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 agency.
Great Bend Police Department; Lucas Herl; patrol officer; Great Bend
Great Bend Police Department; Mason Paden; patrol officer; Great Bend
Great Bend Police Department; Ethan Thomas; patrol officer; Great Bend
Bourbon County Sheriff’s Department; Shawn Pritchett; deputy; Fort Scott
Butler Community College Police Department; Casey Ashley; patrol officer; El Dorado
Butler County Sheriff’s Office; Brandon Buck; deputy; El Dorado
Butler County Sheriff’s Office; Michael Weber; deputy; El Dorado
Augusta Department of Public Safety; Devon Keith; patrol officer; Augusta
Andover Police Department; Joel McLaughlin; patrol officer; Andover
Burden Police Department; Jeffrey Hunt; chief; Burden
Oberlin Police Department; Alex Louderback; patrol officer; Oberlin; Decatur County
Hays Police Department; Jarrett Sanders; patrol officer; Hays
Ellis Police Department; Kirby Wechsler; patrol officer; Ellis
Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Department; Jeffrey Weigel; deputy
Dodge City Police Department; Shane Harris; patrol officer; Dodge City
Dodge City Police Department; Tanner Straight; patrol officer; Dodge City
Grant County Sheriff’s Department; Alex Partida; deputy; Ulysses
Gray County Sheriff’s Office; Isaac Gonzalez; deputy; Cimarron
Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department; Buffy Kuhn; deputy; Eureka
Newton Police Department; Kati Wilson; patrol officer; Newton
Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police; Tyrel Askren; patrol officer; Mayetta
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Adam Pack; Kansas game warden; Mankato
Kingman Police Department; Brenton Wood; patrol officer; Kingman
Emporia State University Police Department; Nicholas Hensley; patrol officer; Emporia
Emporia Police Department; Nathan Rankin; patrol officer; Emporia
Emporia Police Department; Raquel Tabares-Bohrer; patrol officer; Emporia
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Phillip Loveless; deputy; Independence
Seneca Police Department; Brad Rohlmeier; patrol officer; Seneca
Osborne County Sheriff’s Office; Loren Hodge; deputy; Osborne
Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department; Aaron Zeigler; deputy; Minneapolis
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department; Justin McNutt; deputy; Westmoreland
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Shayn Koppes; ranger; Hutchinson
Reno County Sheriff’s Office; Brandon McVey; deputy; Hutchinson
Hutchinson Police Department; Cory Schmidt; patrol officer; Hutchinson
Hutchinson Police Department; Crisanto Vargas-Viramontes; patrol officer
Hutchinson Police Department; Alexander Williams; patrol officer; Hutchinson
Rice County Sheriff’s Department; Anthony Rodriquez; deputy; Lyons
Kansas State University Police Department; Randy Myles; patrol officer; Manhattan
Plainville Police Department; Taylor Kaup; patrol officer; Plainville
Salina Police Department; Christopher McLain; patrol officer; Salina
Salina Police Department; Matthew Steffen; patrol officer; Salina
Goddard Police Department; Greg Ferweda; patrol officer; Goddard
Goddard Police Department; Jason Wolff; patrol officer; Goddard
Valley Center Police Department; Ryan Mumma; patrol officer; Valley Center
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Ty Schaef; Kansas game warden; Liberal
MTAA Police & Fire Department; Jesse Moyer; patrol officer; Topeka
Goodland Police Department; Bryan Painter; patrol officer; Goodland
Sumner County Sheriff’s Office; Andrew Allen; deputy; Wellington
Sumner County Sheriff’s Office; Keith Lloyd; deputy; Wellington
Kansas City Public Schools Police Dept; Michael English; patrol officer; Kansas City
Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department; James Felix; deputy; Kansas City.