HUTCHINSON — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 12 at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
Officer Grady Carl of the Emporia Police Department was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Mikel Golden, chief of police for the McPherson Police Department. Mike Satterlee, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 285th Basic Training Class.
Jonathan Adsit of the Medicine Lodge Police Department was awarded the Welch Academic Award for academic excellence. Deputy Robert Miller of the Lyon County Sheriff's Office was honored with KLETC’s Fitness Award, and Amanda McCullough of the McPherson Police Department was also recognized during the ceremony for her firearms proficiency as the class’s “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 August 2021, represented 15 municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
Jonathan Adsit, Medicine Lodge Police Department
Gavin Crawford, Great Bend Police Department
Blake Ridgel, Great Bend Police Department
Antonio Richardson, Leavenworth Police Department
Grady Carl, Emporia Police Department
Fernando Zuniga, Lyon County Sheriff's Office
Robert Miller, Lyon County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Amelkin, McPherson Police Department
Matthew Delair, McPherson Police Department
Hannah Fisher, McPherson Police Department
Amanda McCullough, McPherson Police Department
Seth Lloyd, Independence Police Department
David Martin, Independence Police Department
Viktor Massie, Council Grove Police Department
Blake Keith, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Jeffrey Nix, Pratt Police Department
Kelton Barrett, Pratt Police Department
Reyes Gonzalez-Martinez, Kansas State University Police Department
Jared Ratzlaff, Park City Police Department
Elizabeth Hess, Park City Police Department
Kristie Ely, Wichita State University Police Department
Thomas Hardin, Oxford Police Department
Alexis Yeager, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
Brian Gutierrez-Arevalo, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department.
Top photo: The 285th graduating basic training class says their oath during the graduation ceremony on Nov. 12.
Right photo: KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck stands with the 285th class president, Officer Grady Carl.