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Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduates 297th Basic Training Class
HUTCHINSON — Nineteen new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Aug. 19 at a ceremony held in the KLETC Integrity Auditorium. The officers represent law enforcement agencies in Allen, Barton, Butler, Cowley, Dickinson, Ellis, Ford, Geary, Harvey, Leavenworth, Pratt, Reno, Riley and Shawnee counties.

KU Legal Aid Clinic, Douglas County DA’s Office and Lawrence Public Library to host criminal record expungement clinic
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Law’s Legal Aid Clinic will host a Clean Slate Criminal Record Expungement Clinic, which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium. An expungement seals an arrest record, diversion or conviction from public view, with certain exceptions. The Legal Aid Clinic will provide free legal representation to eligible individuals seeking to expunge records in Douglas County District Court and/or Lawrence Municipal Court.

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Contact: Jason Levy, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, 620-694-1400, [email protected]
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center graduates 297th Basic Training Class

HUTCHINSON — Nineteen new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Aug. 19 at a ceremony held in the KLETC Integrity Auditorium.
Kalaeb Bratton, game warden with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Todd Ackerman, director of the Augusta Department of Public Safety. Michael Satterlee, KLETC senior instructor of police, was the class coordinator for the 297th Basic Training Class.
Bratton was named to the Director’s Honor Roll and given the Larry Welch Academic Award for having the highest total average on the written exams within the class. His final average was 95.7%. Officer Mitchell May of the Hutchinson 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 April 2022, represented multiple municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
Allen
1. John Walker, Allen County Sheriff’s Office

Barton
1. Derrick Brown, Ellinwood Police Department

Butler
1. Nicklas Cline, Rose Hill Police Department
2. Samantha Cosby, Augusta Department of Public Safety
3. Blake Elsen, Andover Police Department
4. Tyler Smith, Augusta Department of Public Safety

Cowley
1. Jeni McGee, Arkansas City Police Department

Dickinson
1. Matthews Asmus, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office

Ellis
1. Brevin LaBarge, Hays Police Department

Ford
1. Michael Imel, Dodge City Police Department

Geary
1. Jared Johnson, Junction City Police Department

Harvey
1. Charles Jefferis, Newton Police Department

Leavenworth
1. Alexis Solis, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office

Pratt
1. Kalaeb Bratton, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Reno
1. Mitchell May, Hutchinson Police Department
2. Pearson Schrag, Hutchinson Police Department

Riley
1. Michael Riffelmacher, Kansas State University Police Department

Shawnee
1. Cody Frost, MTAA Police & Fire Department
2. James Hubbard, MTAA Police & Fire Department.

Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

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Contact: Sarah Pickel, School of Law, 785-864-5648, [email protected], @kulawschool
KU Legal Aid Clinic, Douglas County DA’s Office and Lawrence Public Library to host criminal record expungement clinic
LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Law’s Legal Aid Clinic will host a Clean Slate Criminal Record Expungement Clinic in partnership with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and Lawrence Public Library. The clinic will take place in person from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St.
“We are so excited to partner once again with the District Attorney’s Office and, for the first time, to partner with the Lawrence Public Library to offer this streamlined expungement process to the community,” said Melanie Daily, director of the Legal Aid Clinic at KU.
An expungement seals an arrest record, diversion or conviction from public view, with certain exceptions. The Legal Aid Clinic will provide free legal representation to eligible individuals seeking to expunge records in Douglas County District Court and/or Lawrence Municipal Court.
“For those who are eligible, expungement can have life-changing consequences. Individuals who achieve expungement can apply for better jobs, volunteer their time, obtain better housing and participate in our community in so many more productive ways once their records are cleared to reflect who they are now, rather than what they did long ago. Working together with the DA’s office allows us to counsel and represent more people, more efficiently, so people can get through court and move on with their lives,” Daily said.
The clinic can accept clients with income up to 250% of the federal poverty level. Clients who qualify for Legal Aid Clinic representation but who do not qualify for a waiver of the court’s per-case filing fee will need to pay that court fee, but no attorney’s fees, as long as they are eligible for services. After the intake clinic day at the library, clients will need to attend one additional appointment and any required court hearings with their Legal Aid attorney.
“This expungement clinic is a meaningful opportunity for those with criminal records to get a true second chance,” said Suzanne Valdez, Douglas County district attorney. “We are fortunate to be able to partner with the Legal Aid Clinic to help make our communities safer and stronger by supporting those who have committed themselves to change.”
For any questions regarding the clinic and expungement eligibility, contact the Legal Aid Clinic at 785-864-5564.

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