9/13/2004

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

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces August graduates

HUTCHINSON -- Twenty-three graduates were honored at Aug. 17 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 May 3, represent 20 municipal and county 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 and state 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 for the training center is generated from court docket fees from municipal and state courts.

Seventeen graduates gave permission for their names to be released. Those graduates, their positions and their 14 law enforcement agencies by county are:

CHEYENNE COUNTY
From St. Francis
Jeffrey W. Moser, Cheyenne County Sheriff's Department

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays
Deputy Karl Staab, Ellis County Sheriff's Department

FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Matthew VanEgeren, Dodge City Police Department

GRAY COUNTY
From Cimarron
Patrol Officer Riley Olinger, Cimarron Police Department

HARVEY COUNTY
From Newton
Patrolman Gary Littlejohn, Harvey County Sheriff's Department

JACKSON COUNTY
From Holton
Deputy Andrew Caviness, Jackson County Sheriff's Department

LABETTE COUNTY
From Oswego
Deputy Casey C. Keele, Labette County Sheriff's Department

LINCOLN COUNTY
From Lincoln
Deputy James Reynolds, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Amber Dawn Reynolds, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department

MARION COUNTY
From Marion
Patrolman Duane McCarty, Marion Police Department

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Independence
Patrolman Kevin Havener, Independence Police Department

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Garden Plain
Officer Cody Rexwinkle, Garden Plain Police Department

SEWARD COUNTY
From Liberal
Officer Patrick Dobyns, Liberal Police Department
Officer Doug White, Liberal Police Department

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Deputy Jason R. Mills, Shawnee County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Jared Underwood, Shawnee County Sheriff's Department

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Bonner Springs
Patrolman Matt Keller, Bonner Springs Police Department

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