YODER — Twenty-three new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on April 9 at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
Officer Jason Boyd of the Conway Springs Police Department was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was the chief of police for the Derby Police Department, Robert Lee. Troy Livingston, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 276th Basic Training Class.
Officer Eric Moore of the Ottawa Police Department was the recipient of the Welsh Academic Award of Excellence, an award given to the student with the highest academic score in their class at 94% average or higher. Moore graduated with an average of 96%. Deputy Cameron Beakley of the Rice County Sheriff’s Office was also recognized during the ceremony for his firearms proficiency as the class’ “Top Shot."
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, KLETC 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. KLETC offers continuing education and specialized training to over 10,000 Kansas officers each year. KLETC is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, and is a division of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.
The graduates, who began their training in December 2020, represented 19 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
• Ryan Smith, El Dorado Police Department
• Gabriel Higgins, El Dorado Police Department
• Trenton Ringle, Sedan Police Department
• Julie Craven, Hays Police Department
• Isaiah Anderson, Garden City Police Department
• Eric Moore, Ottawa Police Department
• Jacob Richards, Ottawa Police Department
• Brian Pryor, Geary County Sheriff’s Office
• Jesse Cagle, Greeley County Sheriff’s Office
• Chad Thompson, Anthony Police Department
• Isaac Nickel, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office
• Amy Pippitt, Meade County Sheriff’s Office
• Ryan Childress, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
• Cameron Beakley, Rice County Sheriff’s Office
• Colby Bryan, Kansas State University Police Department
• Marcos Medina, Kansas State University Police Department
• Kevin Cecil, Saline County Sheriff’s Office
• Christopher Hebberd, Derby Police Department
• Jordynn Corbett, Haysville Police Department
• Tracy Roniger, Haysville Police Department
• Travis Conaway, Smith County Sheriff’s Office
• Jason Boyd, Conway Springs Police Department
• Jalen Chance, Wellington Police Department.
About the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968 as the central law enforcement training facility for the state, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) serves as the headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas. Located at the former naval air station south of Hutchinson and west of Yoder in Reno County, Kansas, KLETC – a unit of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education – directly trains the overwhelming majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas, and oversees, supervises and monitors the training of the remaining officers at eight authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Top photo: The 276th graduating class of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Right photo: Darin Beck, KLETC executive director, and Robert Lee, chief of police for the Derby Police Department.