Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Graduates 317th Basic Training Class

KLETC 317th Basic Training Class on stage at graduation

Photos by Jeff Tuttle

Twenty-one new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on November 10, 2023, in a ceremony held in KLETC's Integrity Auditorium. KLETC Police Instructor Senior Michael Turenne was the class coordinator for the graduating class, and the commencement speaker for the ceremony was Louisburg Police Chief Josh Weber.

Chief Josh Weber
Chief Josh Weber addresses the 317th Basic Training Class

Chief Weber asked the graduating class to remember what they were feeling in that moment as they prepared to graduate.  “Pride in your accomplishments, how proud you are to put on the uniform today, how eager you are to serve the people in your community, how excited you are to make a difference in your department.”  He then suggested that memory be filed away so it may be accessible at a moment’s notice.  Chief Weber also reminded the graduates of the enormous amount of power, influence, and responsibility they are given with their new law enforcement role.  “You must have a true North, your personal unwavering guiding principles, unwavering characteristics – honesty, integrity, equality, discipline, and the list goes on and on.  You must ensure these principles align with what is expected by your department and the citizens you serve.”

Under the authority of Executive Director Darin Beck, graduates received certificates attesting to the satisfactory completion of a full-time basic course of instruction, and certification as Kansas law enforcement officers from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, the state’s law enforcement licensing authority.

The following are the graduates of the 317th basic training class:

*Award recipient

Andrew Bond - Pittsburg Police Department

Jacob Bonham - Louisburg Police Department

Victor Burr - Burlington Police Department

Sean Bussanmas - Louisburg Police Department

Daniel Donaldson - Lansing Police Department

Victoria Elliott - University of Kansas Police Department

Matthew Elpers - Leawood Police Department

Trace Evans - Colby Police Department

Garett  Hinz - Butler County Sheriff's Office

Major Hylton - Saline County Sheriff's Office

Kelly Mohler - Linn County Sheriff's Office

Devin Odom - Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office

Levi Reichard - Fort Scott Police Department

Leonard Rogers - Jewell County Sheriff's Office

Mason Staats - Derby Police Department

Dakota TeBeest - Lansing Police Department

Shane Thompson - Chanute Police Department

Tate Tilley-Bedick - Wichita State University Police Department

Caleb Tomlinson - McPherson Police Department

Tyler Williams - Rooks County Sheriff's Office
*Class President

Landon Wise - Derby Police Department

Basic Training Class Coordinator Michael Turenne
317th Basic Training Class Coordinator Michael Turenne