YODER — Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Dec. 20. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
The new officers were members of the 260th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training Sept. 9, 2019, represented 20 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.
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, the center 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. The center offers continuing education and specialized training to over 10,000 Kansas officers each year.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency.
Sabetha Police Department in Sabetha, Daniel Ross, patrol officer
Finney County Sheriff's Office in Garden City – Alejandro Marin, deputy
Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Ottawa – Jacon Geist, Evan Macklin, deputies
Grandview Plaza Police Department in Harper — Kevin Reyes, patrol officer
Junction City Police Department in Junction City – Derrick Davis, patrol officer
Gove County Sheriff's Office in Gove — Cory Romanowski, deputy
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Syracuse – Morgan Thompson, deputy
Jackson County Sheriff's Office in Holton – Chadwick Ballenger, deputy
Parsons Police Department in Parsons – Christian Smith, patrol officer
Emporia Police Department in Emporia – Austin Nelson, patrol officer
Marion County Sheriff's Office in Marion — Joshua Meliza, deputy
Moundridge Police Department in Moundridge — Ian Donovan, patrol officer
Independence Police Department in Independence – Justin Ward, patrol officer
Neosho County Sheriff's Department in Erie — Aaron Favela, deputy
Ness County Sheriff's Office in Ness City — Casey Clutts, deputy
Clearwater Police Department in Clearwater — Austin Little, patrol officer
Park City Police Department in Park City — Steven Unruh, patrol officer
Smith County Sheriff's Office in Smith Center — Bubba Dowling, deputy
St. John Police Department in St. John — Tori Perez, patrol officer
Woodson County Sheriff's Office in Yates Center — Clayton Bynum, deputy
Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.