Lisa Webster
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces June graduates

Fri, 06/19/2015

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.

Barton County

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

Bourbon County Sheriff’s Department; Shawn Pritchett; deputy; Fort Scott


Butler County

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


Cowley County

Burden Police Department; Jeffrey Hunt; chief; Burden


Decatur County

Oberlin Police Department; Alex Louderback; patrol officer; Oberlin; Decatur County


Ellis County

Hays Police Department; Jarrett Sanders; patrol officer; Hays

Ellis Police Department; Kirby Wechsler; patrol officer; Ellis


Ellsworth County

Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Department; Jeffrey Weigel; deputy


Ford County

Dodge City Police Department; Shane Harris; patrol officer; Dodge City

Dodge City Police Department; Tanner Straight; patrol officer; Dodge City


Grant County

Grant County Sheriff’s Department; Alex Partida; deputy; Ulysses


Gray County

Gray County Sheriff’s Office; Isaac Gonzalez; deputy; Cimarron


Greenwood County

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department; Buffy Kuhn; deputy; Eureka


Harvey County

Newton Police Department; Kati Wilson; patrol officer; Newton


Jackson County

Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police; Tyrel Askren; patrol officer; Mayetta


Jewell County

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Adam Pack; Kansas game warden; Mankato


Kingman County

Kingman Police Department; Brenton Wood; patrol officer; Kingman


Lyon County

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

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Phillip Loveless; deputy; Independence


Nemaha County

Seneca Police Department; Brad Rohlmeier; patrol officer; Seneca


Osborne County

Osborne County Sheriff’s Office; Loren Hodge; deputy; Osborne


Ottawa County

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department; Aaron Zeigler; deputy; Minneapolis


Pottawatomie County

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department; Justin McNutt; deputy; Westmoreland


Reno County

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

Rice County Sheriff’s Department; Anthony Rodriquez; deputy; Lyons


Riley County

Kansas State University Police Department; Randy Myles; patrol officer; Manhattan


Rooks County

Plainville Police Department; Taylor Kaup; patrol officer; Plainville


Saline County

Salina Police Department; Christopher McLain; patrol officer; Salina

Salina Police Department; Matthew Steffen; patrol officer; Salina


Sedgwick County

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


Seward County

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Ty Schaef; Kansas game warden; Liberal


Shawnee County

MTAA Police & Fire Department; Jesse Moyer; patrol officer; Topeka


Sherman County

Goodland Police Department; Bryan Painter; patrol officer; Goodland


Sumner County

Sumner County Sheriff’s Office; Andrew Allen; deputy; Wellington

Sumner County Sheriff’s Office; Keith Lloyd; deputy; Wellington


Wyandotte County

Kansas City Public Schools Police Dept; Michael English; patrol officer; Kansas City

Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department; James Felix; deputy; Kansas City.

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