HUTCHINSON – Twenty-three new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on July 1 in a ceremony held at the KLETC Integrity Auditorium.
Officer Andrew Lee of the Riley County Police Department was the class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Sheriff Russ Thornton of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. KLETC Police Senior Instructor Rob McClarty was the class coordinator for the 295th Basic Training Class.
Officers Julia Raymann and Justin Smithson of the Riley County Police Department were placed on the Director’s Honor Roll for achieving an overall academic average of 94% or higher. Raymann also received the Larry Welch Award of Academic Excellence for achieving the highest overall academic score of 96.35%. Raymann and Smithson, along with Galena Police Department Officer Toney Asquith, were inducted into KLETC’s 200 Mile Club. Asquith also received the Fitness Medal for completing 239.23 miles as a member of the 200 Mile Club. Hutchinson Police Department Officer TJ Powell 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, 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. Licensed 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 division of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.
The graduates, who began training in March 2022, represented multiple municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies throughout Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:
- Toney Asquith, Galena Police Department
- Garrett Gayoso, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
- Lucas Lyons, Arkansas Police Department
- Teddy Laubengayer, Pittsburg Police Department
- Tate Bartlett, Hays Police Department
- Riley Muniz, Finney County Sheriff’s Office
- Cody Bartel, Kingman Police Department
- Devin Wisdom, Parsons Police Department
- Lee Addison, Lansing Police Department
- Alexander LaFrance, Miami County Sheriff’s Office
- Garrett Kimminau, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
- Samuel Sullivan, Larned Police Department
- Terry Voight, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
- Noah Tatro, Pratt Police Department
- Tristen Ryan, South Hutchinson Police Department
- Thomas Powell, Hutchinson Police Department
- Justin Smithson, Riley County Police Department
- Julia Raymann, Riley County Police Department
- Andrew Lee, Riley County Police Department
- Jai’Schaun Brown, Wichita State University Police Department
- Carlos Mora, Seward County Sheriff’s Office
- Michael Sanders, St. John Police Department
- Tyler Stover, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.
About Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968 as the central law enforcement training center for our state, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) serves as the headquarters for all law enforcement training law enforcement 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, KSA 74-5601 et. after. is “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the State, and the training center shall provide qualified applicants with the programs and courses of instruction designed to achieve this objective” . KLETC, a unit of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education, directly trains the overwhelming majority of Kansas municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers, and oversees, supervises, and monitors the training of remaining officers in eight licensed and certified academy programs. operated by local law enforcement and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Top photo: The 295th Basic Training Class.
right picture: KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck poses with 295th Class President Andrew Lee of the Riley County Police Department.