Jason Levy
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduates 282nd Basic Training Class

Mon, 08/23/2021

HUTCHINSON – Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Aug. 20 at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium. 

Darin Beck and Matthew Cook at the KLETC graduation ceremony.Deputy Matthew Cook of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Jay Simecka, sheriff for Morris County. Troy Livingston, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 282nd Basic Training Class.

Officer Nohl Vogel from the Elwood Police Department was recognized during the ceremony for his firearms proficiency as the class “Top Shot.”

Officers Melissa Pereda Castaneda from the Junction City Police Department and Andrew Orocio from the Augusta Department of Public Safety walked, ran or biked more than 200 miles during their time at KLETC and exceeded other physical requirements including push-ups, sit-ups and a timed run to become members of KLETC’s 200 Mile Club. Orocio was furthered honored with KLETC’s Fitness Award.

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 May 2021, represented 20 municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:


Andrew Orocio, Augusta Department of Public Safety



Richard Messerly, Burlington Police Department



Nohl Vogel, Elwood Police Department



Melissa Pereda Castaneda, Junction City Police Department

Luis Rios, Junction City Police Department


Akil Love, Ulysses Police Department


Tony Reese, Lansing Police Department

Michael Garrison, Leavenworth Police Department



Brandon Lewis, Linn County Sheriff’s Office



Charlie McFall, McPherson Police Department



John Hamamy, Louisburg Police Department



Matthew Cook, Morris County Sheriff’s Office



William Dunn, Rice County Sheriff’s Office



Matthew Luder, Russell Police Department



Hailey Fulton, Wichita State University Police Department



Jared Nicol, MTAA Police & Fire Department



Jeremy Gwinn, Colby Police Department



Richard Kimzey, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office



Martin Schomaker, Woodson County Sheriff’s Office



Marcus Cole, KU Medical Center Police Department

Devin Garden, KU Medical Center Police Department

Miguel Prieto, Edwardsville Police Department.


Top photo: The 282nd Basic Training Class recites the Law Enforcement Oath of Office during the graduation ceremony on Aug. 20.

Right photo: KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck and class president Matthew Cook.

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