Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 264th Basic Training Class
Twenty-Four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on June 4th. Deputy Lauren Tucker of the Rooks County Sheriff’s Office was the graduating class president. The ceremony was held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.
The new officers were members of the 264th basic training class. The graduates, who began their training in December 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, 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 University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education.
"We train our officers to serve their diverse communities with a commitment to upholding the law and the safety of all citizens with our longstanding focus on policing without bias," said KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck. "I know the 264th basic training graduating class will uphold these principles and proudly protect and serve."
Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:
- Torrie McGlothlin - Atchison County Sheriff's Office
- Andrew Daniel Penland - Bourbon County Sheriff's Office
- Paden Blythe - Fort Scott Police Department
- Dathan Ensz - Butler County Sheriff's Office
- Kyle White - Butler County Sheriff's Office
- Denis Wangari - Oberlin Police Department
- Joseph Lantz - Hays Police Department
- Stephanie Camarena - Garden City Police Department
- Jordyn Lee Altic - Ottawa Police Department
- Wyatt Allen - Harper County Sheriff's Office
- Angelique Collins - Newton Police Department
- Bryce Kinsey - Newton Police Department
- Nathan Bauman - McLouth Police Department
- Sylis Bohannon - Leavenworth Police Department
- Carroll Joe Perry - Marion County Sheriff's Office
- Grant Cook - Marysville Police Department
- Nicole B. Rathe-Tillery - Marysville Police Department
- Thomas Giordano - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
- Ross W. Alison - Hutchinson Police Department
- Kobe Brown - Hutchinson Police Department
- Lauren Tucker - Stockton Police Department
- Paige Elizabeth Clenny - Russell Police Department
- Scott McAdoo - Russell Police Department
- Kyle Lee Newton - Mulvane Police Department
Learn more about the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
Top photo: The 264th Basic Training Class, observing social distancing, recite the Code of Ethics affirmation in front of KLETC faculty and staff.
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.