Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 277th Basic Training Class

Twenty-five new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on April 30th.
By: Jason Levy

Twenty-five new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on April 30th at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

 

Officer Joshua Westerfield of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Chief of Police for the Ottawa Police Department, Adam Weingartner.  Rob McClarty, KLETC Senior Instructor of Police, was the Class Coordinator for the 277th Basic Training Class.

 

Class president for the 277th Officer Joshua Westerfield and KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck

 

Officer Luke Berning from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism was recognized during the ceremony for his firearms proficiency as the class’ “Top Shot”. Officers Christopher Allison from the Kansas City, KS Community College Campus Police, Gene Berlin from the Riley County Police Department, and Spencer Kochanowski from Salina Police Department walked, ran, or biked more than 200 miles during their time at KLETC and exceeded the other physical requirements of the 200 Mile Club including push-ups, sit-ups, and a timed run. Officer Spencer Kochanowski from the Salina Police Department was honored as a member of the 200 Mile Club and for his efforts, he received the Fitness Award. 

 

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 Lifelong & Professional Education.

 

The graduates, who began their training in January 2021, represented 18 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:

 

Crawford

• Matthew Komma - Pittsburg Police Department

 

Franklin

• A Josef Snooks - Ottawa Police Department

 

Geary

• Carla Burrell - Geary County Sheriff’s Office

 

Harper

• Herman Manning - Anthony Police Department

 

Harvey

• Preston Barkdoll - Newton Police Department

 

Marion

• Kaitlin Brunner - Peabody Police Department

 

Montgomery

• Austin Sevier - Coffeyville Police Department

 

Neosho

• Donald Joy - Chanute Police Department

 

Norton

• Jacob Jordan - Norton Police Department

 

Osage

• Ethan Wells - Osage County Sheriff’s Office

 

Pratt

• Joshua Westerfield - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism

• Luke Berning - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism

• Joseph Lambert - Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism

 

Reno

• Austin O’Callaghan - Hutchinson Police Department

 

Riley

• Michael Bibb - Riley County Police Department

• Allison Rood - Riley County Police Department

• Gene Berlin - Riley County Police Department

• Brandon Gadia - Riley County Police Department

 

Saline

• Spencer Kochanowski - Salina Police Department

 

Seward

• Adam Murley - Liberal Police Department

 

Shawnee

• Austin McKeithan - Topeka Public Schools Police Department

• Charles Wilson - Washburn University Police

 

Woodson

• Christopher Bowman - Woodson County Sheriff’s Office

 

Wyandotte

• Jonathan Berry - Kansas City KS Community College Campus

• Christopher Allison - Kansas City KS Community College Campus

(Top Photo) Chief of Police for the Ottawa Police Department, Adam Weingartner, delivers his speech to the 277th basic training class.