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KLETC Announces 256th Law Enforcement Training Graduating Class

July 26th, 2019 -- Abby Olcese
Fifty-five new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on July 19.
Lisa Webster

YODER (Dec. 26, 2018) – Fifty-five new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on July 19. Mike Rounds, KU vice provost for operations was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

The new officers were members of the 256th 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 April 8, 2019, represented 38 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.Keith Quesada, class president of the 256th KLETC graduating class, gives remarks at the commencement ceremony July 19.

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 agency.

Allen County

  • Humboldt Police Department; Joshua Miller; patrol officer; Humboldt

Brown County

  • Kickapoo Tribal PD; Todd Melling; patrol officer; Horton

Butler County

  • El Dorado Police Department; Todd Reiter; patrol officer; El Dorado

Cherokee County

  • Columbus Police Department; Christopher Gurney; patrol officer; Columbus Police Department

Cowley County

  • Cowley County Sheriff’s Department; Daniel Haggerty; deputy; Winfield

Crawford County

  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Department; Derek Mosier; deputy; Girard
  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Department; Dustin Tersinar; deputy; Girard

Dickinson County

  • Abilene Police Department; Alejandro Espinoz; patrol officer; Abilene
  • Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department; Cody Fansler; deputy; Abilene
  • Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department; Roy Gibble; deputy; Abilene

Finney County

  • Garden City Police Department; Andrew Babin; patrol officer; Garden City
  • Garden City Police Department; Manuel Govea; patrol officer; Garden City
  • Garden City Police Department; Bryan Parnell; patrol officer; Garden City
  • Garden City Police Department; Angel Zorn; patrol officer; Garden City

Ford County

  • Dodge City Police Department; Garrett Weber; patrol officer; Dodge City

Franklin County

  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Carson Dunlap; deputy; Ottawa
  • Ottawa Police Department; Jeffery Morris; patrol officer; Ottawa

Geary County

  • Grandview Plaza PD; Alexander Batstone; patrol officer; Grandview Plaza

Leavenworth County

  • Leavenworth Police Department; Joshua Swanbeck; patrol officer; Leavenworth
  • Leavenworth Police Department; Ashley Tapia; patrol officer; Leavenworth

McPherson County

  • McPherson Police Department; Joshua Prindle; patrol officer; McPherson

Montgomery County

  • Coffeyville Police Department; Michael Burroughs; patrol officer; Coffeyville
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department; Steven Gass; deputy; Independence

Neosho County

  • Chanute Police Department; Jacob Neely; patrol officer; Chanute

Ness County

  • Ness County Sheriff’s Department; Jose Sandoval; deputy; Ness City

Norton County

  • Norton Police Department; Austin Tucker; patrol officer; Norton

Pottawatomie County

  • Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department; Jacob Akin; deputy; Westmoreland
  • Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department; Parker Smith; deputy; Westmoreland

Pratt County

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Elizabeth Heath; Natural Resource Officer; Pratt
  • Pratt County Sheriff’s Department; Michael Kiley; deputy; Pratt
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Jesse Morland; Natural Resource Officer; Pratt
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Scott Patton; Natural Resource Officer; Pratt
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Zachary Ramsay; Natural Resource Officer; Pratt
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Richard Rogers; Natural Resource Officer; Pratt

Rawlins County

  • Atwood Police Department; Payton Beims; patrol officer; Atwood

Reno County

  • Hutchinson Police Department; Eduardo Gibson; patrol officer; Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Police Department; Airen Maxwell; patrol officer; Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Police Department; James Vieyra; patrol officer; Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Police Department; Braydon Wells; patrol officer; Hutchinson

Rice County

  • Lyons Police Department; Caleb Murphy; deputy; Lyons

Saline County

  • Saline County Sheriff's Office; Jesse Asbe; deputy; Salina
  • Salina Police Department; Curtis Estes; patrol officer; Salina
  • Saline County Sheriff’s Office; Brandon Mosher; deputy; Salina
  • Saline County Sheriff’s Office; Kaleb Speilman; deputy; Salina

Seward County

  • Liberal Police Department; Efrain Chavez; patrol officer; Liberal
  • Liberal Police Department; Keith Quesada; patrol officer; Liberal

Shawnee County

  • Washburn University Police; Jordan Bailey; patrol officer; Topeka
  • Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office; Tailor Galgano; deputy; Topeka
  • Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office; Jennifer Hamlin; deputy; Topeka
  • Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office; Logan Stoddard; deputy; Topeka

Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.


About the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education
KU Professional & Continuing Education supports the teaching, research and public service missions of the University, contributing to postgraduate professional education, workforce development, distance learning and quality of life for Kansans and worldwide communities. Other programming within Professional & Continuing Education includes Professional Programs, Aerospace Short Courses, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute. Combined, these programs teach more than 30,000 individuals a year in every county in Kansas, across the United States and internationally. It is headquartered at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.

About the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968 as the central law enforcement training facility for our state, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) serves as the headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas.  Located at the former naval air station south of Hutchinson and west of Yoder in Reno County, Kansas, the Center’s mission, as expressed in the Law Enforcement Training Act, K.S.A. 74-5601 et. seq. is “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the state, and the training center shall offer to qualified applicants such programs and courses of instruction designed to fulfill this end.”  KLETC directly trains the overwhelming majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas, and oversees, supervises and monitors the training of the remaining officers at eight authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 9:00am