10/28/2004

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

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces October graduates

HUTCHINSON -- Sixty-two graduates were honored Oct. 19 in ceremonies at the Kansas State Fairgrounds after completing a basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) near Hutchinson.

The graduates, who began their 14-week training July 12, represent 44 municipal, county, state and tribal law enforcement agencies. They received certificates for course completion and certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training. The course fulfills a state-mandated requirement for law enforcement training.

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

KLETC directly trains the majority of municipal, county, state and tribal law enforcement officers in Kansas and oversees the training of the remaining officers at seven certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

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 is generated from court docket fees from municipal and state courts.

Fifty graduates gave permission for their names to be released. Those graduates, their positions and their 39 law enforcement agencies by county are:

BARBER COUNTY
From Medicine Lodge
Deputy Sheriff Justin Rugg, Barber County Sheriff's Department
BROWN COUNTY
From Horton
Officer Lavone Chee, Kickapoo Tribal Police Department
BUTLER COUNTY
From El Dorado
Deputy Eric S. Moore, Butler County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Sheriff Carmen Sperry, Butler County Sheriff's Department
CLAY COUNTY
From Clay Center
Patrolman Jeffrey D. Wynn, Clay Center Police Department
DICKINSON COUNTY
From Abilene
Deputy Steve Davis, Dickinson County Sheriff's Department
DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Baldwin City
Officer Lance A. Parker, Baldwin City Police Department
From Eudora
Officer Caleb K. Lewis, Eudora Police Department
From Lawrence
Deputy Lorelei Springer, Douglas County Sheriff's Department
Natural Resource Officer Justin Koehn, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks
FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City Patrol Officer Clint R. Brock, Garden City Police Department
Patrol Officer Oscar Flores, Garden City Police Department
Officer Lee Stevens, Garden City Police Department
FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Patrolman Rene Laman, Dodge City Police Department
Patrol Officer Christopher L. Tahah, Dodge City Police Department
GRAY COUNTY
From Cimarron
Deputy Denton A. Unruh, Gray County Sheriff's Department
GREELEY COUNTY
From Tribune
Deputy Jessica McDaniel, Greeley County Sheriff's Department
HARPER COUNTY
From Anthony
Deputy James Kiley, Harper County Sheriff's Department
JACKSON COUNTY
From Holton
Deputy Russell K. Ross, Jackson County Sheriff's Department
LABETTE COUNTY
From Parsons
Patrolman Joshua L. Shields, Parsons Police Department
Public Safety Officer Thomas S. Schorr III, Parsons Police Department
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Leavenworth
Patrol Officer Jeremy Aaron Snyder, Leavenworth Police Department
LYON COUNTY
From Emporia
Deputy Detention Officer Richard A. Johnson, Lyon County Sheriff's Department
MCPHERSON COUNTY
From McPherson
Patrol Officer Will Rowland, McPherson Police Department
MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Coffeyville
Patrolman Joseph Stanley, Coffeyville Police Department
Patrolman Craig Males, Coffeyville Police Department
From Independence
Patrolman I Christina M. Johnson, Independence Police Department
POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From Wamego
Officer James L. Greer, Wamego Police Department
From Westmoreland
Deputy Jon R. Taylor, Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department
RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson
Cpl. Ben Graver, Reno County Sheriff's Department
Officer Jory J. Johnson, Hutchinson Police Department
Patrolman Nicholas Smith, Hutchinson Police Department
RICE COUNTY
From Lyons
Deputy Thomas L. Reazin, Rice County Sheriff's Department
RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan
Officer Jeremy Bachura, Riley County Police Department
Officer Nathan Goard, Riley County Police Department
Patrol Officer Ray White, Riley County Police Department
SCOTT COUNTY
From Scott City
Patrolwoman Tonya Johnson, Scott City Police Department
SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Valley Center
Patrol Officer Dean Breneman, Valley Center Police Department
SEWARD COUNTY
From Liberal Officer Jeremy Janko, Liberal Police Department
SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Patrol Officer Danny Calsing, Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority
Deputy Matthew Johnson, Shawnee County Sheriff's Department
STEVENS COUNTY
From Hugoton
Officer Courtney Leslie, Hugoton Police Department
WABAUNSEE COUNTY
From Alma
Deputy Dale D. Rice, Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Department
WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City, Kan.
Patrolman Melvin O. Casson II, Kansas City, Kan., Community College Campus Police
Deputy Sheriff Eric Haines, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department
Park Ranger Ricky Rinehart, Wyandotte Park Rangers
Officer LaToya Taylor, University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
Sgt. Joel Young, Wyandotte County Police Department
Sgt. James Sharp, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department
Deputy David R. Thaxton, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department

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