June 21, 2004

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Contact: Lisa Webster, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, (620) 694-1505.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces June graduates

HUTCHINSON -- Sixty-nine new law enforcement graduates were honored at a June 15 graduation at the Hutchinson Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center after completing a 14-week basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) near Hutchinson.

The graduates, who began their training course March 8, represent 50 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. They received certificates for course completion and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, the state's law enforcement licensing authority, formerly known as the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission. The training course fulfills the state-mandated 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.

The KLETC is a unit of University of Kansas Continuing Education. Established in 1968 as the central law enforcement training facility for the state, the center is near Yoder in southern Reno County at a former naval air station.

KLETC directly trains the majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas, and the center oversees and monitors the training of the remaining officers at seven authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol. In addition, KLETC maintains and monitors the employment and training histories of all Kansas law enforcement officers in the Central Registry, created in 1982 by the Kansas Legislature for that purpose.

About 350 officers go through the 14-week basic training program annually at the center, which offered continuing education and specialized training to more than 2,500 Kansas officers last year. Funding for the training center is generated from court docket fees from municipal and state courts. No funds from the state's general revenue are used to operate the center.

Kansas home counties are: Barton, Butler, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellis, Ford, Geary, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Marshall, McPherson, Miami, Morton, Osage, Rice, Riley, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Stevens, Sumner, Trego, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte.

Fifty-nine graduates granted permission to release their names to the public. Those graduates, their positions and their 43 law enforcement agencies by county are:

BARTON COUNTY
From Great Bend
Officer Daniel DiLoreto, Great Bend Police Department.

BUTLER COUNTY
From El Dorado
Officer Amanda Scott, El Dorado Police Department.

CHEROKEE COUNTY
From Columbus
Officer Jessica Prater, Columbus Police Department.

From Weir
Lt. Patrick R. Collins, Weir Police Department.

COFFEY COUNTY
From Burlington
Deputy Troy D. Friend, Coffey County Sheriff's Department.

COWLEY COUNTY
From Winfield
Officer Robbie DeLong, Winfield Police Department.
Deputy Joe Owen, Cowley County Sheriff's Department.

CRAWFORD COUNTY
From Pittsburg
Deputy Zeb Mingori, Crawford County Police Department.

DONIPHAN COUNTY
From Troy
Deputy Brandon Bichsel, Doniphan County Sheriff's Department.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Officer Brian C. Harlow, University of Kansas Public Safety Office.
Officer Joseph K. Patzel, University of Kansas Public Safety Office.
Deputy Jay Shaw, Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

EDWARDS COUNTY
From Kinsley
Patrolman Robert J. Blackwell Jr., Kinsley Police Department.

From Lewis
Chief Kevin P. Smith, Lewis Police Department.

ELK COUNTY
From Howard
Chief Scott G. Blackburn, Howard Police Department.

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays
Patrolman Harold Anderson, Hays Police Department.

FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Deputy Cory Kramer, Ford County Sheriff's Office.
Patrolman Brian J. McGrew, Dodge City Police Department.
Officer Jorge A. Roman, Dodge City Police Department.
Lt. Dena D. Ward, Dodge City Community College Safety and Security.

GEARY COUNTY
From Junction City
Officer Jeremy D. Bice, Junction City Police Department.
Officer Mareleann Hewins, Junction City Police Department.
Officer Gregory Marsh, Junction City Police Department.
Officer Marcellus Troupe, Junction City Police Department.

GOVE COUNTY
From Gove
Deputy Rodney Salyers, Gove County Sheriff's Department.

JACKSON COUNTY
From Mayetta
Officer Darrel S. Chapman, Potawatomi Tribal Police.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Deputy Jerod Blanton, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Evan Comerio, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Jason R. Flanigan, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Nathan S. Fleming, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Keith Jones, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Lisa Verhulst, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Wes Wiley, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Matthew A. Womble, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Basehor
Patrolman Greg Hallgrimson, Basehor Police Department.

From Leavenworth
Deputy Zen Daniels, Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department.

LINN COUNTY
From Pleasanton
Officer Lee Kuchenbrod, Pleasanton Police Department,

MARSHALL COUNTY
From Marysville
Deputy Timothy D. Ackerman, Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

MCPHERSON COUNTY
From McPherson
Officer Ryan C. Sherwood, McPherson Police Department.

MIAMI COUNTY
From Paola
Patrolman Paul Argeropoulos, Paola Police Department.

MORTON COUNTY
From Elkhart
Officer Allen Clark, Elkhart Police Department.

From Rolla
Chief Mike Akins, Rolla Police Department.

OSAGE COUNTY
From Burlingame
Patrolman Christopher C. Waldron, Burlingame Police Department.

From Lyndon
Richard L. Smith Jr., Osage County Sheriff's Department.

RICE COUNTY
From Lyons
Deputy Jeff Pieplow, Rice County Sheriff's Department.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan
Patrolman Brad Jager, Riley County Police Department.
Patrolman Brek Jager, Riley County Police Department.
Officer Danielle Jones, Riley County Police Department.
Officer Ruseell T. Rohlman, Riley County Police Department.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Deputy Mike Ascher, Saline County Sheriff's Department.

SCOTT COUNTY
From Scott City
Deputy Keith Thomas, Scott County Sheriff's Department.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Officer Brian K. Norris, Derby Police Department.

SEWARD COUNTY
From Liberal
Officer Jeremy Nix, Liberal Police Department.
Officer Jared Ratzlaff, Liberal Police Department.

STEVENS COUNTY
From Hugoton
Deputy Rex M. Evans, Stevens County Sheriff's Department.

SUMNER COUNTY
From Wellington
Deputy Steve Rupert Jr., Sumner County Sheriff's Department.

TREGO COUNTY
From WaKeeney
Patrolman Richard Hanks,WaKeeney Police Department.

WABAUNSEE COUNTY
From Alma
Deputy Paul Mitchell, Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Department.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City, Kan.
Officer Darcy A. Nichols-Curtiss, KU Medical Center University Police Department.

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