HUTCHINSON — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on April 8 at a ceremony held in the KLETC Integrity Auditorium.
Deputy Charles Wheaton of the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Chief Courtney Prewitt of the Garden City Police Department. Mike Satterlee, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 291st Basic Training Class.
Steven Phillips of the Haven 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 the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.
The graduates, who began their training in January 2022, represented multiple municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
- Hayden Seabolt, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
- Evva Holtz, Kickapoo Tribal Police Department
- Evan Duckett, Baxter Springs Police Department
- Adam Utt, Arkansas City Police Department
- Jacob Lovewell, Girard Police Department
- Amanda Wilson, Abilene Police Department
- Charles Wheaton, Edwards County Sheriff’s Department
- Christopher Dame, Garden City Police Department
- McKenzie Haar-Becker, Garden City Police Department
- Christopher Wilson, Garden City Police Department
- Ashton Duck, Grant County Sheriff’s Office
- Jayden Banks, Newton Police Department
- Trey Davidson, Valley Falls Police Department
- Cordell Bass, Chetopa Police Department
- Austin Tillery, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office
- Joshua Huff, Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office
- Jesyka Boots, Hutchinson Police Department
- Steven Phillips, Haven Police Department
- Bailey White, Scott City Police Department
- Cheryl Glider, Derby Police Department
- Kannesha Nept, Liberal Police Department
- Duncan Kroskey, Goodland Police Department
- William White, Wichita County Sheriff’s Office
- Domingo Moya, Edwardsville Police Department.
Photo: Chief Courtney Prewitt of the Garden City Police Department speaks to KLETC's 291st graduation class.