HUTCHINSON — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on June 10 at a ceremony held in the KLETC Integrity Auditorium.
Officer Dustin Hiebsch of the Pittsburg Police Department was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Capt. Guy Schroeder of the Wichita University Police Department. Troy Livingston, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 294th Basic Training Class.
Deputy Christine Settanni of the Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Office and Officer Katelyn Morris of the St. George Police Department achieved the Director’s Honor Role by achieving a total average on the written examinations of 94% or higher. Settanni had the highest overall academic score with 94.52% and was awarded the Larry Welch Award of Academic Excellence.
Officer Braden Taylor of the Wichita University Police Department 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 KU Lifelong & Professional Education.
The graduates, who began their training in March 2022, represented multiple municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
- Alec Roberts, Barton County Sheriff’s Office
- Dustin Hiebsch, Pittsburg Police Department
- Angy Andre, University of Kansas Police Department
- Matthew Harris, University of Kansas Police Department
- Amy Bliss, Elk County Sheriff's Office
- Danielle Nelson, Ellis Police Department
- Diego Medina, Dodge City Police Department
- Rogelio Meza-Garcia, Dodge City Police Department
- Margaret O’Leary, Dodge City Police Department
- Corey Callif, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
- Jamal Alkhaibari, Harper County Sheriff's Office
- Edward Rivera, Valley Falls Police Department
- Caleb Tatro, Meade County Sheriff's Office
- Katelyn Morris, St. George Police Department
- Nolan Smith, Haysville Police Department
- Braden Taylor, Wichita State University Police Department
- Jesse Troughton, Colwich Police Department
- Karina Angelos, Goodland Police Department
- Christine Settanni, Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Office
- Brett Allen, Kansas City Public Schools Police Department
- Jerritt Barbarich, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office
- Todd Kleinschmidt, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office
- Chance Kresyman, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office.
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Top photo: A graduation ceremony took place June 10 for the 294th Basic Training Class.
Right photo: KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck stands with Officer Dustin Hiebsch of the Pittsburg Police Department, who was the class president of the 294th Basic Training Class.