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September 1, 2005
Contact: Lisa Webster, KU Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, (620) 694-1505.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces August 2005 graduates

HUTCHINSON -- Jackie Williams, chair of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, congratulated more than 50 new law enforcement graduates at their Aug. 26 graduation in the 4-H Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds after they completed a 14-week basic training program at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) near Yoder.

The graduates, who began their training course May 16, represented 34 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. They were the 181st basic training class of graduates.

Graduates receive 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 requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and hands-on applications help train officers solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.
KLETC is a unit of KU 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 enroll in the 14-week basic training program annually. KLETC 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.

The graduates, their positions and their agencies by county are listed below:

Agency County AGENCY CITY HOMETOWN IF NOT AGENCY CITY Name Rank Dept/Agency
Bourbon BB Fort Scott David S. Duvall Police Officer Fort Scott Police Department
Bourbon BB Fort Scott Michael D. Trim Patrol Officer Fort Scott Police Department
Brown BR Hiawatha Michael Williams Officer Hiawatha Police Department
Butler BU El Dorado Augusta John Sharp Deputy Sheriff Butler County Sheriff's Department
Chautauqua CQ Sedan Peru Nick Reed Deputy Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department
Cherokee CK Baxter Springs Joseph Sparks Patrolman Baxter Springs Police Department
Cherokee CK Columbus Galena Chad L. Abram Deputy Cherokee County Sheriff's Department
Cherokee CK Columbus Galena Scott T. Feagan Deputy Sheriff Cherokee County Sheriff's Department
Crawford CR Cherokee Blaine Cornelius Patrol Officer Cherokee County Sheriff's Department
Crawford CR Girard Pittsburg Jon M. Wilks Deputy Sheriff Crawford County Sheriff's Department
Crawford CR Girard Pittsburg Michael Reese Deputy Crawford County Sheriff's Department
Crawford CR Girard Pittsburg Rusty B. Akins Deputy Crawford County Sheriff's Department
Crawford CR Pittsburg Rebekah J. Lynch Patrolman I Pittsburg Police Department
Douglas DG Lawrence David Hardy Deputy Douglas County Sheriff's Department
Ellis EL Hays David Vilaysing Patrolman Hays Police Department
Finney FI Garden City Mariano Muniz Deputy Finney County Sheriff's Department
Finney FI Garden City Holcomb Vincent G. Casanova Deputy Finney County Sheriff's Department
Ford FO Dodge City Francisco Herrera Police Officer Dodge City Police Department
Geary GE Junction City Manhattan David Sloan Officer Junction City Police Department
Geary GE Junction City Randy Landreville Officer Junction City Police Department
Johnson JO Gardner Olathe Gary D. Lee, Jr Deputy Johnson County Sheriff's Department
Johnson JO Gardner Paola Zachary Hudson Deputy Johnson County Sheriff's Department
Johnson JO Olathe Martin Sharkey Deputy Johnson County Sheriff's Department
Johnson JO Olathe Lenexa Patrick N. Connor Deputy Sheriff Johnson County Sheriff's Department
Labette LB Parsons Jason L. Sharp Public Safety Officer Parsons Police Department
Leavenworth LV Leavenworth Brett Horner Police Officer Leavenworth Police Department
Leavenworth LV Leavenworth Lansing Christopher A. King Police Officer Leavenworth Police Department
Lincoln LC Lincoln Gary Kuehn Deputy Lincoln County Sheriff's Department
Miami MI Paola Ronnie Burk Deputy Sheriff Miami County Sheriff's Department
Pottawatomie PT St. Marys, KS St. Marys, KS & Onaga, KS William (Bill) Wright Officer St. Marys Police Department
Reno RN Haven Aaron Meek Patrolman Haven Police Department
Republic RP Belleville Jamestown Brad Shrader Deputy Republic County Sheriff's Department
Riley RL Manhattan Daniel Bortnick Police Officer Riley County Police Department
Riley RL Manhattan Dustin J. Weiszbrod Patrol Officer Riley County Police Department
Riley RL Manhattan Paul Landsaw Officer Riley County Police Department
Saline SA Salina Timothy E. Brown Jr. Police Officer Salina Police Department
Saline SA Salina Jeremy P. Trostle Deputy Saline County Sheriff's Department
Sedgwick SG Derby Travis Elder Police Officer Derby Police Department
Seward SW Liberal Christopher Purvis Police Officer Liberal Police Department
Seward SW Liberal Lana Gudgel Officer Liberal Police Department
Shawnee SN Lyndon Yates Center John Knapp Deputy Osage County Sheriff's Department
Shawnee SN Topeka Dereck Martinez Deputy Shawnee County Sheriff's Department
Shawnee SN Topeka Auburn John Lord Police Officer Washburn University Police Department
Shawnee SN Topeka Joshua C. Ross Police Officer Washburn University Police Department
Woodson WO Yates Center Jacob G. Morrison Deputy Woodson County Sheriff's Department

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