Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 261st Basic Training Class

Twenty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on Jan. 24.
Class President for the 261st Basic Training Class, Garret Mathews, of the Mitchell County Sheriff's Department, speaks to his fellow graduates.

Twenty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Jan. 24. Reno County Sheriff Darrian Campbell was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

The new officers were members of the 261st basic training class. The graduates, who began their training in Sept. 2019, represented 18 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas.Commencement speaker Sheriff Darrian Campbell of Reno County addresses the graduating class.

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.

Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:

Allen County

  • Levi Anstaett - Iola Police Department

Anderson County

  • Kady Kratzberg - Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

Cheyenne County

  • Sean Preston - Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office

Cowley County

  • Aaron Conley - Cowley County Sheriff's Office

Dickinson County

  • Jonathan Thompson - Herington Police Department

Doniphan County

  • Mitchell Cheek - Iowa Tribal Police Department

Ellis County

  • Alex Broadway - Hays Police Department
  • Aaron Ewy - Hays Police Department

Jackson County

  • Justin Wunder - Prairie Band Pottawatomi Tribal Police

Lyon County

  • Reagan McClellan - Emporia Police Department

Mitchell County

  • Garret Paul Mathews - Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office

Osage County

  • Megan Osladil - Osage County Sheriff’s Office

Reno County

  • Michael Knopp - Buhler Police Department
  • Dylen Snedeker - Reno County Sheriff’s Office

Saline County

  • Tyler Casteel - Saline County Sheriff’s Office

Stevens County

  • Douglas Davis - Hugoton Police Department

Woodson County

  • Vinson Baker - Yates Center Police Department

Wyandotte County

  • Michael Clark - University of Kansas Med Center Police Department