HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Nineteen new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Aug. 19 in a ceremony held at Integrity Auditorium.
Kalaeb Bratton, a game warden with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, was the class president.
The speaker for the ceremony was Todd Ackerman, director of the Augusta Department of Public Safety. KLETC Police Senior Instructor Michael Satterlee was the class coordinator for the 297th Basic Training Class.
Bratton was named to the Principal’s Honor Roll and received the Larry Welch Academic Award for having the highest total average on written exams in the class. His final average was 95.7%. Hutchinson Police Department Officer Mitchell May was recognized at the ceremony for his “Top Shot” class firearms proficiency.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the licensing authority of Kansas. state law enforcement. The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and practical 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 KLETC trains the majority of Kansas municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers and oversees the training of the remaining officers through seven law enforcement programs. Authorized and certified academies run by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol. .
About 300 officers enroll in KLETC’s 14-week basic training programs each year. KLETC provides continuing education and specialized training to more than 10,000 Kansas agents each year. KLETC is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, and is a continuing and professional education division of the University of Kansas.
The graduates, who began training in April, represent several municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies in Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
- John Walker, Allen County Sheriff’s Office
- Derrick Brown, Ellinwood Police Department
- Nicklas Cline, Rose Hill Police Department
- Samantha Cosby, Augusta Department of Public Safety
- Blake Elsen, Andover Police Department
- Tyler Smith, Augusta Department of Public Safety
- Jeni McGee, Arkansas Police Department
- Matthews Asmus, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office
- Brevin LaBarge, Hays Police Department
- Michael Imel, Dodge City Police Department
- Jared Johnson, Junction City Police Department
- Charles Jefferis, Newton Police Department
- Alexis Solis, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office
- Kalaeb Bratton, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- Mitchell May, Hutchinson Police Department
- Pearson Schrag, Hutchinson Police Department
- Michael Riffelmacher, Kansas State University Police Department
- Cody Frost, MTAA Police and Fire Department
- James Hubbard, MTAA Police and Fire Department.