YODER — Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on April 10.
The new officers were members of the 233rd 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 Continuing Education.
The graduates, who began their training Jan. 5, represented 43 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certKU, ification 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 the 14-week basic training program. The center offered continuing education and specialized training to as many as 5,600 Kansas officers each year. Funding for the training center is generated from court docket fees from municipal and state courts. No funds from the state’s general revenue are used to operate the center.
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by agency.
Iola Police Department; Jordan Oswald; patrol officer; Iola
Garnett Police Department; Robert Donovan; patrol officer; Garnett; Anderson County
Barton County Sheriff’s Office; Sierra Thorne; deputy; Great Bend; Barton County
El Dorado Police Department; Sean McCormick; patrol officer; El Dorado
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Travis Fields; deputy; Columbus
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Stephen Harper; deputy; Columbus
Pittsburg Police Department; Christopher Fritton; patrol officer; Pittsburg
Pittsburg Police Department; Zeke Hornbaker; patrol officer; Pittsburg
Edwards County Sheriff’s Office; Timothy Starkes; deputy; Kinsley
Ellis Police Department; Cameron Moeder; patrol officer; Ellis
Ottawa Police Department; Carson Simmons; patrol officer; Ottawa
Grandview Plaza Police Department; Joshua Williams; patrol officer; Grandview Plaza
McLouth Police Department; Bryan Gill; patrol officer; McLouth
Valley Falls Police Department; Larry Varner; patrol officer; Valley Falls
Spring Hill Police Department; Aaron Blount; patrol officer; Spring Hill
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office; Rachel Ailin; deputy; Leavenworth
Linn County Sheriff’s Department; Daniel Nasalroad; SRO; Mound City
Linn County Sheriff’s Department; Mandi Rhue; deputy/SRO; Mound City
Emporia Police Department; Pedro Latalladi; patrol officer; Emporia
Osawatomie Department of Public Safety; Christina Fenoughty; patrol officer; Osawatomie
Independence Police Department; Gage Budgett; patrol officer; Independence
Independence Police Department; Sean Ecret; patrol officer; Independence
Independence Police Department; Ty Lupardus; patrol officer; Independence
Independence Police Department; Shawna Murphy; patrol officer; Independence
Morris County Sheriff’s Department; Michael Gustason; deputy; Council Grove
Carbondale Police Department; Kayla McNary; patrol officer; Carbondale
Carbondale Police Department; Amanda Williams; patrol officer; Carbondale
Pawnee County Sheriff’s Department; Bryce King; deputy; Larned
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office; Andrew Hinkle; deputy; Westmoreland
St. George Police Department; Paul Hoyt; patrol officer; St. George
Hutchinson Police Department; Levi Harris; patrol officer; Hutchinson
Reno County Sheriff’s Office; Christopher Shields; deputy; Hutchinson
Kansas State University Police Department; Shayne Boswell; patrol officer; Manhattan
Kansas State University Police Department; Chelsea Cooley; patrol officer; Manhattan
Riley County Police Department; Garrett Lloyd; patrol officer; Manhattan
Riley County Police Department; Daniel Todd; patrol officer; Manhattan
Stockton Police Department; Cordell Stover; patrol officer; Stockton
Salina Police Department; David Hernandez; patrol officer; Salina
Salina Police Department; Joseph Ruppert; patrol officer; Salina
Saline County Sheriff’s Office; J Martin; deputy; Salina
Saline County Sheriff’s Office; Michael Sutton; deputy; Salina
Wichita State University Police Department; Jeffrey Albert; patrol officer; Wichita
Park City Police Department; Andrew Corlis; patrol officer; Park City
Capitol Police Kansas Highway Patrol; Scott Moses; patrol officer; Topeka
Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control; Audra Shughart; ENF agent; Topek