Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 282nd Basic Training Class


Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated on August 20th
The 282nd Basic Training Class recites the Law Enforcement Oath of Office in front of the attending audience

The 282nd Basic Training Class recites the Law Enforcement Oath of Office in front of the attending audience

Twenty-two new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on August 20th at a ceremony held in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium.

Deputy Matthew Cook of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office was the graduating class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Jay Simecka, Sheriff for Morris County. Troy Livingston, KLETC Senior Instructor of Police, was the Class Coordinator for the 282nd Basic Training Class.

Darin Beck and Matthew Cook

KLETC Executive Director Darin Beck and class president Matthew Cook

Officer Nohl Vogel from the Elwood Police Department was recognized during the ceremony for his firearms proficiency as the class’ “Top Shot”.

Officers Melissa Pereda Castaneda from the Junction City Police Department and Andrew Orocio from the August Department of Public Safety walked, ran, or biked more than 200 miles during their time at KLETC and exceeded other physical requirements including push-ups, sit-ups, and a timed run to become members of KLETC’s 200 Mile Club. Officer Orocio was furthered honored with KLETC’s 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 the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.

The graduates, who began their training in May 2021, represented 20 municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates are listed below by county and agency:

 

Butler

  • Andrew Orocio - Augusta Department of Public Safety

 

Coffey

  • Richard Messerly - Burlington Police Department

 

Doniphan

  • Nohl Vogel - Elwood Police Department

 

Geary

  • Melissa Pereda Castaneda - Junction City Police Department
  • Luis Rios - Junction City Police Department

 

Grant

  • Akil Love - Ulysses Police Department

Leavenworth

  • Tony Reese - Lansing Police Department
  • Michael Garrison - Leavenworth Police Department

 

Linn

  • Brandon Lewis - Linn County Sheriff’s Office

 

McPherson

  • Charlie McFall - McPherson Police Department

 

Miami

  • John Hamamy - Louisburg Police Department

 

Morris

  • Matthew Cook - Morris County Sheriff’s Office

 

Rice

  • William Dunn - Rice County Sheriff’s Office

 

Russell

  • Matthew Luder - Russell Police Department

 

Sedgwick

  • Hailey Fulton - Wichita State University Police Department

 

Shawnee

  • Jared Nicol - MTAA Police & Fire Department

 

Thomas

  • Jeremy Gwinn - Colby Police Department

 

Wilson

  • Richard Kimzey - Wilson County Sheriff’s Office

 

Woodson

  • Martin Schomaker - Woodson County Sheriff’s Office

 

Wyandotte

  • Marcus Cole - University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
  • Devin Garden - University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
  • Miguel Prieto - Edwardsville Police Department

 

The Hutchinson Police Department Honor Guard posted the colors

The Hutchinson Police Department Honor Guard posted the colors