Law Enforcement Training Center graduates 284th Basic Training Class

Photo by RD Smith

HUTCHINSON — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Oct. 22 at a ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

Officer Justin Atchison of the Wellsville Police Department was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Jeff Hooper, chief of police for the Hutchinson Police Department. James Buettgenbach, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 284th Basic Training Class.

Deputy Francisco Guerrero of the Meade County Sheriff’s Office was honored with KLETC’s Fitness Award. Officer Justin Dutcher of the Sac & Fox Tribal Police Department was also 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 July 2021, represented 19 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:

Justin Dutcher, Sac & Fox Tribal Police Department

Neil Kline, Andover Police Department
James Nelson, Andover Police Department
Barbara Altier-Riera, El Dorado Police Department

Saul Farfan-Ulloa, Columbus Police Department

Alliccia Breeze, Coffey County Sheriff’s Office

Seirra Roberts, Arma Police Department

John Matthews, Eudora Police Department

Erin Lokke, Hays Police Department

Crystal Lopez, Finney County Sheriff’s Office
Edwardo Valdez, Garden City Police Department
Randy Cole, Garden City Police Department
Jacob Erickson, Garden City Police Department

Justin Atchison, Wellsville Police Department

Maverick Ohlde, Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police

Collin Brozek, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office

Francisco Guerrero, Meade County Sheriff’s Office

Dennis Zoglmann, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Dalton Leonard, Hutchinson Police Department
Stephen Jackson, Hutchinson Police Department

Jennifer Pepe, Riley County Police Department
Gage Whitmore, Riley County Police Department

Liam Kieft, WaKeeney Police Department

Louis Cottrell-D’Esposito, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: Jason Levy, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, 620-694-1400, [email protected]


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here