Basic Training General Information
CHECK-IN and ORIENTATION:
Students must check-in between 7:15 - 7:45 AM on the first day of class. Students need to be in their assigned classroom no later than 8:00 AM. Lunch will be provided. Orientation consists of an introduction to KLETC equipment issue, rules and regulations, a firearms safety lecture, and their classroom and dorm room assignment.
ONLINE TRAINING ACCESS:
Some agencies require their officers to take online classes from our Professional Development program before coming to KLETC. Each officer who takes an online class has been assigned a special username starting with “kuce_” and will have established a password for that account. If a student has such an account, they need to have the account log-in information available during orientation. If a student has not created an account previously, one will be created during orientation.
KLETC is located twelve miles southeast of Hutchinson south of K-96 near Yoder, Kansas. The GPS address is 11009 South Hornet Road, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501.
Lodging is provided in our dormitory, two students to a room. Students are allowed to arrive Sunday evening between 6:00 -10:00 PM. An envelope containing their dorm key and additional information will be at the front desk. They need to secure their weapon in their vehicle until they are given instructions on Monday during orientation. Meals are furnished Monday morning through Friday noon. Laundry facilities are available; however, the student will need to provide his/her own laundry supplies.
Students attending KLETC must reside in the student dormitory unless authorized to commute by the KLETC Associate Director.
Uniforms must be worn during classroom sessions. If uniforms are unavailable, the agency head must provide a written explanation to the KLETC Associate Director. Blue jeans or T-shirts are not permitted during classroom sessions.
JEANNE CLEARY DISCLOSURE OF CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY AND CRIME STATISTIC ACT: The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online or on paper by contacting:
The Public Safety Office, 1501 Crestline Drive, Suite 120, Main Phone - 785-864-5900.
OFFICERS WORKING WHILE ATTENDING BASIC TRAINING:
Kansas law prohibits law enforcement officers from working as officers while they are enrolled and attending a basic training course at KLETC.
Specifically, Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training (KSCPOST) Kansas Administrative Regulation (KAR) 106-3-2 states: "Each officer who has been granted provisional certification shall work as an officer while enrolled and attending a basic training course only as required by the course curriculum, except whenever the director of police training announces that the training center is closed or otherwise will not conduct basic training courses."
Accordingly, officers enrolled and attending KLETC's basic classes may not work as law enforcement officers at any time during their enrollment and attendance, including weekends. Officers are permitted to work during times KLETC is officially closed. KLETC closes to students during these times of the year*:
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day Holiday Break (one week)
- Labor Day Thanksgiving Break (one week)
- Christmas Holiday Break (two weeks)
*Please refer to the KLETC website for the actual dates (Annual Schedule)
Any known violation of this regulation must be reported to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training. Your compliance with KAR 106-3-2 is appreciated.
ITEMS TO BRING:
Basic Training Students are required to bring the following clothing and equipment:
WEAPONS and EQUIPMENT:
• Authorized weapons for firearms training are .9 mm, .40 caliber, .45 ACP caliber semi-automatic pistol. Weapons are required on the first day of Basic Training. Weapons are required to have a firing pin safety.
• Three (3) magazines for their weapon
• 50 rounds of FACTORY DUTY HANDGUN AMMUNITION for a night shoot. It must be the same brand, bullet weight, and type as the ammunition carried on duty, not a practice substitute. NO RELOADS.
• 100 rounds of 12-gauge birdshot for shotgun familiarization training. (7-1/2 to 9-1/2 only). Please do not bring 00 Buck, steel shot, or copper-plated shot.
• Gun cleaning kit
• Hearing and eye protection
• Duty belt and holster - Holster needs to have a positive restraining device.
• Expandable Police baton
• Body armor if provided by your agency
• Clothing suitable for outdoor classes. Please consider extreme weather conditions.
• Clothing suitable for outdoor and indoor physical training and recreation. This should include: Three or more solid color or department T-shirts and gym shorts
• Sweatsuits (Any yoga or stretch pants require shorts worn over pants both being a solid color)
• Jogging / Athletic shoes which must have non-marking soles.
• Alarm clock
• Clothes hangers
• Laundry bag
• Soap and Shampoo
• Pillows/Pillowcases (Sheets/blankets will be furnished)
• A supply of three-ring notebook paper
• Ink Pen
Download a PDF of what items to bring for personal use.
If you have further questions, please email Associate Director Alvin Sowers or call at 620-694-1508.
Basic Training Forms
- This zip file contains all the basic training forms you might need for your student. Included are the forms for overnight absence authorization, physical ability verification, student eligibility, admission delay, transcript request, reciprocity, and self-identification and disability disclosure.
Basic Training Schedule
2021 - 2022 Training Dates
Interested in registering a new officer? Select the desired class to begin the basic training registration.
Full-Time Basic Training Classes
|283rd Basic Training Class||June 21, 2021 - October 1, 2021|
|284th Basic Training Class||July 19, 2021 - October 22, 2021|
|285th Basic Training Class||August 9, 2021- November 12, 2021|
|286th Basic Training Class||August 30, 2021 - December 10, 2021|
|287th Basic Training Class||September 20, 2021 - January 14, 2022|
|288th Basic Training Class||October 11, 2021 - February 4, 2022|
|289th Basic Training Class||November 1, 2021 - February 25, 2022|
|290th Basic Training Class||November 29, 2021 - March 18, 2022|
|291st Basic Training Class||January 3, 2022 - April 8, 2022|
|292nd Basic Training Class||January 24, 2022 - April 29th, 2022|
|293rd Basic Training Class||February 14, 2022 - May 20th, 2022|
|294th Basic Training Class||March 7th, 2022 - June 10th, 2022|
|295th Basic Training Class||March 28th, 2022 - July 1, 2022|
|296th Basic Training Class||April 18th, 2022 - July 29th, 2022|
|297th Basic Training Class||May 9th, 2022 - August 19th, 2022|
|298th Basic Training Class||May 31st, 2022 - September 9th, 2022|
|299th Basic Training Class||June 20th, 2022 - September 30th, 2022|
|300th Basic Training Class||July 18th, 2022 - October 21st, 2022|
|301st Basic Training Class||August 8th, 2022 - November 11th, 2022|
|302nd Basic Training Class||August 29th, 2022 to December 9th, 2022|
Part-Time Basic Training Classes
|61st Part-Time Basic Training Class||February 28th, 2022 - March 11th, 2022|
|62nd Part-Time Basic Training Class||August 1st, 2022 - August 12th, 2022|
|Reciprocity/Challenge #5||February 22nd, 2022|
|Reciprocity/Challenge #6||May 17th, 2022|
|Reciprocity/Challenge #7||August 16th, 2022|
|Reciprocity/Challenge #8||November 8th, 2022|
*Reciprocity and Challenge classes have been combined into an online study
package with an in-person written test and firearms proficiency on the KLETC
campus during scheduled dates.
Retired Officer Qualifications
|September 10, 2021||10:00 a.m. Start|
|February 22, 2022||9:00 a.m. Start|
|May 17, 2022||9:00 a.m. Start|
|August 16, 2022||9:00 a.m. Start|
|November 8, 2022||9:00 a.m. Start|
KLETC will not conduct basic training courses during the following enrollment breaks or holidays:
September 6, 2021 (Labor Day)
November 22-26, 2021 (Thanksgiving Break)
December 20-31, 2021 (Holiday Break)
January 17, 2022 (Martin Luther King Day)
May 30, 2022 (Memorial Day)
July 4-8, 2022 (Independence Day Break)
September 5, 2022 (Labor Day)
November 21-25, 2022 (Thanksgiving Break)
December 26-January 6, 2023 (Holiday Break)
Working as a police or law enforcement officer during enrollment breaks:
Pursuant to Kansas Administrative Regulation (KAR) 106-3-2, implementing K.S.A. 74-5607, regarding provisional certification and working as an officer during his or her enrollment in basic training course, each officer who has been granted provisional certification shall not work as an officer while enrolled and attending a basic training course only as required by the course curriculum, except whenever the director of police training announces that the training center is closed or otherwise will not conduct basic training courses.
At agency head discretion, KAR 106-3-2 allows officers to work as police or law enforcement officers during the preceding specified enrollment breaks.
Call 620-694-1521 or email the KLETC Registrar at email@example.com for additional information.
Basic Training Class Schedules
Challenge Exam Information
The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act allows certified Kansas officers who have been inactive for more than 5 years to take an optional Challenge Examination in lieu of taking Basic Training.
Additional information is available from the KLETC Registrar at (620)-694-1521 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Law Enforcement Basic Training Program
KSA 74-5603 mandates that "The director (KLETC director) shall be responsible for determining the curriculum of the program, subject to such changes and modification as are directed by the law enforcement training commission." Pursuant to KSA 74-5603, the director has determined that a 560-hour basic training competency-based curriculum is necessary with all programs conducted on or after August 9, 2021. The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission concurred in a public meeting held on February 26th, 2021. Therefore, the Commission acting pursuant to the authority granted in KSA 74-5603(b) has approved, authorized, and required 560-hours as the minimum number of hours required for full-time law enforcement basic training in Kansas.
The 560-hour basic law enforcement training curriculum culminates an extensive law enforcement officer job task analysis and curriculum review beginning in the late fall of 2018. This comprehensive work relied on a job task analysis from Kansas, and several other states and large police agencies, to create a curriculum based on recent and commonly recognized and accepted police best practices. The curriculum team also relied on a great deal of input from field experts and law enforcement administrators and personnel from across the state to complete their task. It is paramount to law enforcement officers in Kansas and across the nation, and also recognized in such cases as Canton V. Harris (1989), a United States Supreme Court case, that "adequate training" is a necessity for law enforcement today.
The curriculum that took effect on August 9, 2021, was a direct result of countless hours of work by the curriculum team and instructional and administrative staff of KLETC to create a curriculum that was reflective of changes needed for law enforcement officers in Kansas to effectively serve their communities. While the building process was ongoing, end users of the curriculum were frequently involved in the work needed to tailor curricula to the needs of new officers through meetings, visits, phone conversations, and conferences via the internet, with law enforcement leaders and trainers from across the state.
The final results of this work are significant in terms of what are now recognized as core competencies that a newly trained law enforcement officer must possess. The new curriculum relies heavily on teaching adult learners using more of a “learner-centric” approach by using smaller class sizes while the instructional staff become learning facilitators more frequently than lecturers of the subject matter. The team also created a curriculum that was more cross-curricular in nature and less siloed, in other words, a curriculum in which several different key topics might be instructed in one class or series of classes. This allows for a greater understanding and application of policing knowledge across the entire spectrum of what a police officer is expected to be able to do.
Call 620-694-1521 or email the KLETC Registrar at email@example.com for copies of the full-time, part-time, or reciprocity training curriculum.
LEO Eligibility Qualifications and Law Enforcement Basic Training Program Admission
Following is some very basic information that we hope you will find beneficial about minimum police and law enforcement officer eligibility requirements and admission to a law enforcement basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) or any of KLETC's certified and authorized satellite academy programs operated by municipal, county, or state agencies.
Kansas law does not permit "self-sponsorship" academy admissions. In other words, you must first be hired by a law enforcement agency before admission to KLETC or any of the certified and authorized satellite academy basic training programs.
The requirements to be a law enforcement officer in Kansas are established by the legislature in KSA 74-5605. Generally, you must:
1) be a United States citizen;
2) have no felony convictions of any kind; and no conviction of certain misdemeanors, including domestic violence;
3) be a high school graduate or the equivalent thereof;
4) be of good moral character;
5) pass psychological testing;
6) be free of any physical or mental condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the essential functions of a law enforcement officer;
7) be at least 21 years of age.
Again, this is only a summary of the requirements. The minimum qualifications are listed in full detail at the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training website.
There is no statutory requirement that you possess a college degree to be a law enforcement officer, but individual police agencies may have a completed degree as a required or preferred entry-level qualification. More importantly, there is strong competition for employment opportunities with higher-paying police agencies, so advance preparation to set yourself apart from other applicants may be a plus in your favor.
Once an individual is employed by a Kansas law enforcement agency, they will be enrolled by their employing agency in a basic law enforcement training program. The current KLETC basic training program is 14-weeks, 560-hours in length. New officers attending basic training are provided intense education and training in contemporary law enforcement procedures and legal topics such as constitutional law, search and seizure, interview, and interrogation law, rules of evidence, warrant requirements, and use of force. In addition, this training has a heavy emphasis on de-scalation, resiliency, and the health and well-being of officers. Not only do new officers learn about contemporary policing in the classroom, but they also get to experience it in scenario-based performance outcome training practical exercises.
The curriculum implemented August 9, 2021, is a competency-based curriculum requiring new officers to use critical thinking skills to solve complex problems facing society today. Communities expect to be treated fairly and safely, this curriculum addresses community interactions to build trust between the community and the officers. There are 30+ inter-related topics where officers learn the basic tasks expected of a new police officer.
Currently, there continues to be a high demand for well-qualified individuals seeking a career in law enforcement. Please be aware that there is a vast range of beginning salaries for new Kansas law enforcement officers. Past history has reflected those police agencies that have the ability to pay higher starting salaries (and provide better benefits) typically do not have difficulty in attracting applicants. You are encouraged to contact law enforcement agencies directly to determine hiring requirements, starting salaries, and recruitment opportunities.
There are many four-year universities and colleges, and two-year community colleges, that offer criminal justice or administration of justice degrees. While these programs do not take the place of law enforcement basic training, they do help you better understand the criminal justice profession.
Challenge Examination / Lapsed Certification
The Kansas Legislature passed K.S.A.74-5622 on May 2, 1997; it became effective May 22, 1997 and created, for the first time in Kansas, law requiring law enforcement officers to "reinstate" their certification if they leave employment as Kansas law enforcement officer for more than five years.
Specifically, K.S.A.74-5622 creates a certification lapse law which requires officers holding Kansas certification to meet one of three “reinstatement criteria” if they leave service as a Kansas officer for more than five (5) years. To reinstate certification, officers must, within one year of re-employment as a Kansas officer, successfully complete one of the following procedures:
OPTION ONE: "CHALLENGE" PROCEDURE
PASS A “CHALLENGE” EXAMINATION DEVELOPED BY THE KANSAS LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER AND QUALIFY WITH A DUTY HANDGUN
Officers choosing this option must pass a written examination covering contemporary law enforcement procedures, law, and tactics with a minimum score of 70%. KLETC will develop and administer the examination and will make available to officers comprehensive study materials via Blackboard link in advance of the test date. Officers who pass the academic examination must then qualify at the KLETC Firearms Range with their duty handgun. A minimum qualification score of 70% is required.
The material covered in the online classes are a preparation for onsite written testing and firearms qualification on prescribed dates at KLETC. Dates for the testing can be found on the annual KLETC schedule found at www.kletc.org, > Basic Training, > Basic Training Schedule. Applicants may contact the KLETC Registrar at (620) 694-1521 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process to access Blackboard.
Officers who pass the written and firearms tests will receive proof of reinstatement. Officers who fail the academic portion must attend and successfully complete a full basic training academy class to achieve reinstatement. Officers who pass the academic, but not the firearms portion, of the challenge procedure may return, with the approval of their agency head, to KLETC for not more than one remedial firearms training session; if they successfully qualify following this training, they will receive reinstatement.
OPTION TWO: ATTEND AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE ANOTHER CERTIFIED BASIC TRAINING COURSE
Officers who do not select the “challenge” examination option may obtain reinstatement by attending and successfully completing another certified basic training program.
OPTION THREE: OBTAIN A WAIVER OF FURTHER TRAINING
Officers may apply to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer's Standards and Training (KS CPOST) for a waiver of further training. The Commission may grant a waiver to those officers who, in the opinion of the Executive Director of police training, has received sufficient training or experience that such hours of instruction at the training center would be, unless waived, unduly burdensome or duplicative.
Officers seeking such waivers must show extraordinary circumstances – such as being so closely involved with law enforcement during the period they were not active officers that they remain familiar with contemporary law enforcement procedures – to obtain a waiver of training.
The State of Kansas does have a conditional Reciprocity certification program if the law enforcement officer applicant meets certain requirements. Applicants for conditional reciprocity must be employed by a recognized Kansas law enforcement agency and cannot at the time of the reciprocity application process been out of law enforcement for more than five years. Certified law enforcement officers from another state whose basic training requirements meet or exceed the Kansas requirement during that same time period, or those eligible for certification (who have recently completed a basic training program that meets or exceeds Kansas requirements) may be eligible for conditional reciprocity. Pursuant to an inter-agency agreement with the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, the Director of Police Training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center conducts all evaluations of an individual's training regarding their eligibility for Reciprocity in Kansas.
Any applicant (at the time of making an application for conditional reciprocity) who has been out of full-time law enforcement for more than 5 years is not eligible for conditional reciprocity and must attend a basic training program to gain Kansas certification.
KLETC will provide a cursory review to determine possible eligibility for conditional reciprocity. To do so requires:
1. A copy of the officer's basic training curriculum listing the course title and number of hours allocated to each topic. Course Schedules will not be evaluated in lieu of the course curriculum listing;
2. If certified in another state, provide your law enforcement employment history;
3. If certified in another state, provide a listing of all law enforcement-related continuing education & hours received since completing your basic training.
Based on a cursory review, KLETC will provide an "UNOFFICAL" preliminary determination based on the documentation submitted. KLETC will not issue any formal determination until after the formal application process is initiated and certified documentation has been received during the application process from the issuing authority. Employment with a recognized Kansas law enforcement agency must precede the formal Reciprocity application process.
KLETC has moved to an online, asynchronous learning package to satisfy the requirements of both Reciprocity and Challenge programming. KLETC will use learning management system (LMS) software, Blackboard, to deliver program content. The students will be able to stay within local jurisdictions to view study materials that prepare them for testing. Reciprocity students must be approved by the Director of Police Training before any online log in credentials are obtained. Once the formal Reciprocity review approval has been completed by the Director of Police Training, the officer will receive notification of approval and how to access our Blackboard class to complete the training online.
The content is approximately 35-40 hours of classroom presentations and handouts. The students will be able to study the material at their own pace. KLETC will hold testing dates throughout the year for eligible students to come one day and take a written test and firearms proficiency.
Officers choosing this option must pass a written examination covering contemporary law enforcement procedures, law, and tactics with a minimum score of 70%. KLETC will make available to officers a Blackboard link to study material in advance of the test date. KLETC will administer tests on the KLETC campus. Officers who pass the academic examination must then qualify at the KLETC Firearms Range with their duty handgun. A minimum qualification score of 70% is required. The KLETC registrar will notify the agency and officer of the assigned testing date.
Officers who pass the written and firearms tests will receive certification as a Kansas officer. Officers who pass the academic, but not the firearms portion, of the testing process may return, with the approval of their agency head, to KLETC for not more than one remedial firearms training session; if they successfully qualify following this training, they will receive certification.
Dates for the testing can be found on the annual KLETC schedule under the Basic Training Schedule on the Basic Training page. Applicants may contact KLETC Registrar at (620) 694-1521 or by e-mail at email@example.com to begin the process to access the learning management system. Those agencies that have students who are not successful will be given the opportunity to complete a basic training course.