May 5, 2004

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

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces April graduates

HAVEN -- Twenty-three new law enforcement graduates were honored at an April 30 graduation ceremony at the Haven High School auditorium 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 Jan. 26, represent 19 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: Allen, Butler, Douglas, Ford, Greenwood, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Mitchell, Montgomery, Norton, Pottawatomie, Saline, Shawnee, Sherman, Sumner and Thomas. Those graduates, their positions and their law enforcement agencies by county include:

ALLEN COUNTY
From Humboldt
Patrolman Jeffery L. Collins, Humboldt Police Department.

BUTLER COUNTY
From El Dorado
Deputy Randy A. Morgan, Butler County Sheriff's Department.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Baldwin
Officer Kim Barnhardt, Baldwin Police Department.

From Lawrence
Patrol Officer Carl Bentley, University of Kansas Public Safety Office.
Officer Mark Brinkworth, University of Kansas Public Safety Office.

FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Officer Donna Ellingson-Carson, Dodge City Police Department.
Officer Normando R. Guyton, Dodge City Police Department.

GREENWOOD COUNTY
From Eureka
Deputy Leslie D. Lumley, Greenwood County Sheriff's Department.

JEFFERSON COUNTY
From Perry
Chief Ramon C. Gonzalez Jr., Perry Police Department.

LINCOLN COUNTY
From Lincoln
Deputy Jacob D. Scoville, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

LYON COUNTY
From Emporia
Deputy and K-9 Handler Cory B. Doudican, Lyon County Sheriff's Department.

MARION COUNTY
From Peabody
Officer James Philpott, Peabody Police Department.

MITCHELL COUNTY
From Beloit
Officer Don Little, Beloit Police Department.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Independence
Patrolman Lisa Helkenberg, Independence Police Department.

NORTON COUNTY
From Norton
Patrol Officer Brian Shannon, Norton Police Department.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From Wamego
Officer Matt Paquette, Wamego Police Department.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Officer Matthew Ade, Salina Police Department.
Officer Joshua Blevins, Salina Police Department.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Officer Julio Alvarado Jr., Washburn University Police Department.
Officer Shawn Flott, Washburn University Police Department.

SHERMAN COUNTY
From Goodland
Patrol Officer James Gillespie, Goodland Police Department.

SUMNER COUNTY
From Wellington
Officer Keith A. Westmoreland, Wellington Police Department.

THOMAS COUNTY
From Colby
Deputy Cory R. Wang, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

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