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Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduates 286th Basic Training Class

Mon, 12/13/2021

Ceremony for the 286th Basic Training Class of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in December 2021.

HUTCHINSON – Twenty new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Dec. 10 at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

KLETC Director Darin Beck and 286th Training Class President Mike Adams.Officer Mike Adams of the Moundridge Police Department was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Darren Chambers, sheriff of Sumner County. Steve McCorkill, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 286th Basic Training Class.

Richard Hedges of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks was honored with KLETC’s Fitness Award. Hedges set a new running record at KLETC by running a mile and a half in 8 minutes, 16 seconds. Jesse Andrews of the El Dorado Police Department was recognized during the ceremony for his 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:

Butler
Nicholas Hatcher, Augusta Department of Public Safety 
Jesse Andrews, El Dorado Police Department

Cherokee
Cameron Pinyan, Galena Police Department

Elk
Joseph Mueller, Elk County Sheriff’s Office

Franklin
Jordan Burrow, Ottawa Police Department

Leavenworth
Brayden Thuney, Leavenworth Police Department

McPherson
Michael Adams, Moundridge Police Department

Osage
Felix Nunez, Osage County Sheriff’s Office

Osborne
Mathew Pfannenstiel, Osborne County Sheriff’s Office

Pratt
Richard Hedges, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Scott
Luke Hayes, Scott City Police Department
Jaime Salazar, Scott City Police Department

Sedgwick
Giovanni Del Real, Derby Police Department
Nicholas Hale, Derby Police Department
Toby Gray, Mulvane Police Department

Shawnee
Yvonne Lawton, MTAA Police & Fire Department

Sumner
Travis Farnsworth, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office 
Joel Carter, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office

Wallace
Ronnie Cloyd, Wallace County Sheriff’s Office

Wyandotte
D’Angelo Bushnell, Kansas City Kansas Community College Campus

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: The 286th Training Class of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

Right photo: Darin Beck and Mike Adams, 286th Training Class president.



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