HUTCHINSON — Twenty-three new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Jan. 14 at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
Officer William Butrum of the Baldwin City Police Department was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Darrell Atteberry, chief of police for the Bel Aire Police Department. Michael Turenne, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 287th Basic Training Class.
Chase Turner from the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office was 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 September 2021, represented 19 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
Christopher Kelso, Great Bend Police Department
Chase Turner, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin Goodrum, Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office
Andrew Peniston, Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Dane Danninger, Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Colton Pennington, Pittsburg Police Department
Jared Seal, Pittsburg Police Department
William Butrum, Baldwin City Police Department
Alanna Hansen, Fort Hays State University Police Department
Lon Hurst, Junction City Police Department
Michael Thompson, Parsons Police Department
Keenan Lambert, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office
Victor Ramos, Leavenworth Police Department
Kirk Clark, Neosho County Sheriff’s Office
Bailey Ham, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Manuel Luna, Hutchinson Police Department
Grant Greenwood, Bel Aire Police Department
Michael Craven, St. John Police Department
Ghentry Chance, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office
Chase Penterman, Wichita County Sheriff’s Office
Kenneth Carlburg, Neodesha Police Department
Jessica White, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
Eric Grenis, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department.
About the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968 as the central law enforcement training facility for our 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, the Center’s mission, as expressed in the Law Enforcement Training Act, K.S.A. 74-5601 et. seq. is “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the state, and the training center shall offer to qualified applicants such programs and courses of instruction designed to fulfill this end.” 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: Darrell Atteberry, chief of police for the Bel Aire Police Department, speaks to the 287th Basic Training Class.
Right photo: KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck stands with William Butrum, class president of the 287th Basic Training Class.