March 31, 2004

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

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces February graduates

HUTCHINSON -- Sixty-six new law enforcement graduates were honored at a Feb. 26 graduation ceremony at the 4-H Encampment Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson after completing a 14-week basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) near Hutchinson.

The graduates represent 44 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. They received certificates for course completion and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission, the state's law enforcement licensing authority. 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 450 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.

Fifty-five graduates granted permission to release their names to the public. Kansas home counties are Atchison, Barton, Brown, Butler, Cherokee, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Finney, Ford, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Logan, McPherson, Montgomery, Osage, Pratt, Riley, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Sherman, Stevens, Sumner, Thomas, Wallace, Washington and Woodson.Those graduates, their positions and their law enforcement agencies by county include:

ATCHISON COUNTY
Deputy Travis S. McBride, Atchison County Sheriff's Office.
Patrolman John Ross, Atchison Police Department.
Officer Jason TeBeest, Atchison Police Department.

BARTON COUNTY
Patrolman Jefferson Davis, Great Bend Police Department.
Officer Troy McFarren, Great Bend Police Department.
Officer Jarrod G. Shaw, Hoisington Police Department.
Patrolman Charles E. Shell, Great Bend Police Department.

BROWN COUNTY
Patrolman Daniel Siebenmorgen, Hiawatha Police Department.

BUTLER COUNTY
Officer Aaron S. Waldorf, Towanda Police Department.

CHEROKEE COUNTY
Patrolman James M. Black, Baxter Springs Police Department.

COMANCHE COUNTY
City Marshal Scott Anderson, Coldwater Police Department.

COWLEY COUNTY
Patrolman Nicholas Carter, Winfield Police Department.
Field Training Officer Perry Lambert, Udall Police Department.

CRAWFORD COUNTY
Deputy Jeffrey D. Stokes, Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

DONIPHAN COUNTY
Officer Raymond A. Hall, Wathena Police Department.
Deputy Chad W. King, Doniphan County Sheriff's Department.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
Deputy Gary Gazzarari, Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Adam S. Hoover, Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Officer Brian Welsh, University of Kansas Public Safety Office.
Officer Jason White, University of Kansas Public Safety Office.

FINNEY COUNTY
Patrol Officer Lance M. Fisher, Garden City Police Department.
Officer Hailey R. Knoll, Garden City Police Department.
Officer Patrick Younkin, Garden City Police Department.

FORD COUNTY
Officer Nicholas Butler, Dodge City Police Department.
Deputy Dallas Hornback, Ford County Sheriff's Office.
Patrolman Cullen McClure, Dodge City Police Department.
Patrolman David Melcher, Dodge City Police Department.

HAMILTON COUNTY
Deputy Shawn Peirano, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

JACKSON COUNTY
Deputy Chris Patrinely, Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

JOHNSON COUNTY
Deputy Brenda Campbell, Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
Patrol Officer Steven Brandau, Leavenworth Police Department.
Deputy Aaron W. Burchyett, Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department.
Officer Sundae S. Holler, Lansing Police Department.
Officer Manuel Olmos-Molina, Lansing Police Department.
Officer Danielle R. Utash, Leavenworth Police Department.
Officer Kristopher Weinmann, Leavenworth Police Department.

LOGAN COUNTY
Officer Logan T. Beck, Oakley Police Department.

MCPHERSON COUNTY
Patrol Officer Susan D. Decker, McPherson Police Department.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Patrolman Jason Davis, Independence Police Department.
Patrolman Clarence Snyder, Independence Police Department.

OSAGE COUNTY
Park Ranger Lynn Koch, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks.

PRATT COUNTY
Officer Nate Humble, Pratt Police Department.

RILEY COUNTY
Patrol Officer Nathan Boeckman, Riley County Police Department.
Assistant Public Works Manager James G. Hulbert, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
Officer Cathy Gray, Maize Police Department.
Officer Corey D. Herl, Wichita State University Police Department.
Officer Cynthia Martinez, Wichita State University Police Department.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
Special Agent Supervisor Theresa Salts, Kansas Attorney General's Office.

SHERMAN COUNTY
Patrol Officer Frankie Hayes, Goodland Police Department.

STEVENS COUNTY
Deputy Terrance R. Maas, Stevens County Sheriff's Department.

SUMNER COUNTY
Officer Travis Dvorak, Caldwell Police Department.

THOMAS COUNTY
Deputy David A. Rodriguez, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

WALLACE COUNTY
Undersheriff Marshall R. Unruh, Wallace County Sheriff's Department.

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Deputy Michael J. Graves, Washington County Sheriff's Department.

WOODSON COUNTY
Park Ranger Kimberly Jones, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks.

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