YODER – Sixty-three new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Craig Floyd, president and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Sept. 30.
The new officers were members of the 241st 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 Professional & Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training June 20, represented 48 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.
Dept/Agency; Name; Rank; Agency City
Bourbon County Sheriff's Office; Ryan Blanton; deputy; Fort Scott
Fort Scott Police Department; Zachary Ross; patrol officer; Fort Scott
Fort Scott Police Department; Nicholas Trim; patrol officer; Fort Scott
Hiawatha Police Department; Juan Gonzales; officer; Hiawatha
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office; Shawn Franklin; deputy; Sedan
Arkansas City Police Department; Kelsey Horinek; patrol officer; Arkansas City
Cowley County Sheriff's Office; Cory Sunnenberg; deputy; Winfield
Hays Police Department; Jock Felzien; patrol officer; Hays
Hays Police Department; Jacob Graham; patrol officer; Hays
Hays Police Department; Scott Heimann; patrol officer; Hays
Ellis Police Department; Avery Smith; patrol officer; Ellis
Garden City Police Department; Reagan Kelley; patrol officer; Garden City
Dodge City Police Department; Michael Frazee; patrol officer; Dodge City
Franklin County Sheriff's Office; Todd Rhodes; deputy; Ottawa
Grandview Plaza Police Department; Wyatt Charlson; patrol officer; Grandview Plaza
Grandview Plaza Police Department; Matthew DiPolito; patrol officer; Grandview Plaza
Geary County Sheriff's Department; Justin Greene; deputy; Junction City
Geary County Sheriff's Office; Charles Prather; deputy; Junction City
Junction City Police Department; Joel Sunnenberg; patrol officer; Junction City
Ulysses Police Department; Ivan Rodriguez; officer; Ulysses
Anthony Police Department; Aaron Christner; patrol officer; Anthony
Newton Police Department; Dak-Yi So; patrol officer; Newton
Jackson County Sheriff's Office; John Paz; deputy; Holton
Labette County Sheriff's Office; Krystal Huggard; deputy; Oswego
Leavenworth Police Department; Benjamin Heath; patrolman; Leavenworth
Tonganoxie Police Department; Cory Stephens; patrol officer; Tonganoxie
Lyon County Sheriff's Office; Kevin Lee; deputy; Emporia
Osawatomie Police Department; Alex Cochrane; patrol officer; Osawatomie
Miami County Sheriff's Office; Brandon Grass; deputy sheriff; Paola
Paola Police Department; Dustin Hawkins; patrol officer; Paola
Osawatomie Police Department; Trevor Roach; patrolman; Osawatomie
Independence Kansas Police Department; Daniel Bowers; patrol officer; Independence
Minneapolis Kansas Police Department; Charles Rickey; patrolman; Minneapolis
Wamego Police Department; Scott Gnadt; patrol officer; Wamego
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Nicholas Birdsong; State Park manager; Pratt
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism; Jared Lytle; park ranger; Pratt
Rice County Sheriff's Office; Rebecca Slief; deputy; Lyons
Saline County Sheriff's Department; James Akin; deputy; Salina
Salina Police Department; Alejandro Rosado; patrol officer; Salina
Salina Police Department; Hunter Soldan; police officer; Salina
Wichita State University Police Department; Brandon Dorion; police officer; Wichita
Derby Police Department; Tracy Saffell; patrol officer; Derby
Garden Plain Police Department; Eric Smith; patrol officer; Garden Plain
Bel Aire Police Department; Joseph Trumbull; patrol officer; Bel Aire
Shawnee County Sheriff's Office; Paul Fernkopf; deputy; Topeka
Shawnee County Sheriff's; James Landry; deputy; Topeka
Washburn University Police; Terence Minton; officer; Topeka
Shawnee County Sheriff's Office; Dustin Zahn; deputy; Topeka
Goodland Police Department; Whitney Ullom; patrol officer; Goodland
Sumner County Sheriff's Office; Daniel Shipley; deputy; Wellington
Conway Springs Police Department; Landon Wiseley; patrol officer; Conway Springs
Thomas County Sheriff's Office; Samantha Shepherd; deputy; Colby
Washington County Sheriff's Department; Robert Baxa; deputy; Washington
Woodson County Sheriff's Office; Johnathan Robinson; deputy; Yates Center
Edwardsville Police Department; Neal Boyce; patrol officer; Edwardsville
Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office; Jared Gambrel; deputy; Kansas City
Edwardsville Police Department; Peter Yazbec; patrol officer; Edwardsville.