YODER — Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Jan. 13 in a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, the commencement speaker for the ceremony, congratulated the graduates and expressed his deep appreciation for their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families. “Every day, brave law enforcement officers, like the ones on stage and in the audience today, make many sacrifices to keep our communities across Kansas safe.”
The son of a law enforcement officer, Marshall shared memories of growing up with a father in law enforcement and how his father taught him to respect and appreciate law and order, and those who uphold the laws of the land. “Without these laws and the officers who enforce these laws, it would never be safe to drive on our roads or leave our homes.”
Under the authority of Executive Director Darin Beck, graduates received certificates attesting to the satisfactory completion of a full-time basic course of instruction and certification as Kansas law enforcement officers from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, the state’s law enforcement licensing authority.
The following are the graduates of the 303rd basic training class:
Ethan Ashley, Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police
Joe Barrientos, Finney County Sheriff's Office
Tyler Burgen, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Jesse Caraveo Lara, Leawood Police Department
Adam Comer, Hutchinson Police Department
Julie Conklin, Ness County Sheriff's Office
Nicolas Dugan, Riley County Police Department
Connor Eichinger, Parsons Police Department
*Connor Hasenbank, Dickinson County Sheriff's Office
Director’s award for academic excellence
*Robert Hunter, Lawrence Police Department
John Hurr, MTAA Police & Fire Department
Joshua Nelson, Pratt County Sheriff's Office
Noah Pena, Lawrence Police Department
Gregory Peterson, Ellis Police Department
Tyler Powelson, Allen County Sheriff's Office
Tyler Pradin, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
*Janson Robeson, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Caleb Roth, Leawood Police Department
Isaac Sell, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office
Natalie Soukup, Riley County Police Department
Brandon Stogsdill, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Cody Tousey, Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
Top photo: U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall and KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck at the Jan. 13 graduation ceremony for the 303rd basic training class at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Right photo: U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, Class President Robert Hunter and KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck