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July 6, 2006
Contact: Lisa Webster, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, (620) 694-1505.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces June 30 graduates

HUTCHINSON — Salina Chief of Police James Hill congratulated 57 graduates of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at a June 30 ceremony in the 4-H Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The graduates, who began their training course March 27, represented 42 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. They were the 186th basic training class of graduates.

Graduates receive certificates of course completion and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, the state’s law enforcement licensing authority. The training course fulfills the state 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 training center 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.

The center trains the majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas and 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, the center maintains the state’s Central Registry, which monitors the employment and training histories of all Kansas law enforcement officers.

About 350 officers enroll annually in the 14-week basic training program. The center 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-two graduates granted permission to release their names to the public. Those graduates, their positions and their 39 agencies by county are:

BOURBON COUNTY
Fort Scott Police Department: Jeremy L. Albright, officer, and Monicka M. Peterson, police officer.

BROWN COUNTY
Hiawatha Police Department: John D. Merchant, police officer.
Horton Police Department: Nathan E. Gray, patrolman.

BUTLER COUNTY
Andover Police Department: Mark Werbin, officer.
Butler County Sheriff’s Department (El Dorado): Thomas L. Moore Jr., deputy.

CHEROKEE COUNTY
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department (Columbus): Amber L. Holder, deputy sheriff.

COWLEY COUNTY
Cowley County Sheriff’s Department (Winfield): Matthew Mayo, deputy.

DECATUR COUNTY
Oberlin Police Department: Cody John, patrolman.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
Baldwin City Police Department: Chad Rine, officer.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Department (Lawrence): Tevita Hafoka, deputy.

ELLIS COUNTY
Hays Police Department: Bridget LeGrand, patrol officer.

FINNEY COUNTY
Finney County Sheriff’s Department (Garden City): Chris Kruleski, deputy patrol; Jennifer Rogers, patrol deputy; and Mike Tabor, deputy.
Garden City Police Department: Paul Euliss, patrol officer, and Daniel M. Simmons, police officer.

FORD COUNTY
Dodge City Police Department: James F. Nau Jr. and Nicholas Patterson, police officers.

GEARY COUNTY
Junction City Police Department: Jennifer Johnson and Christopher Ricard, officers, and Nicole Steckler, patrol deputy.

GRAHAM COUNTY
Hill City Police Department: Scott L. Beydler, patrolman.

GREENWOOD COUNTY
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (Climax): Brian Meiwes, wildlife manager.

HAMILTON COUNTY
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department (Syracuse): Neal Talbot, deputy sheriff.

HARPER COUNTY
Harper Police Department: Marion Williams, officer.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
Leavenworth Police Department: Lisa Gaspard, police officer.
Tonganoxie Police Department: Steve Hawkins, police officer.

LINN COUNTY
Mound City Police Department: Claude L. Warren, officer.

LOGAN COUNTY
Oakley Police Department: Tony Dinkel, patrol officer.

MITCHELL COUNTY
Beloit Police Department: Zachary Miller, patrolman, and Megan S. Schmitz, police officer.

NEOSHO COUNTY
Neosho County Sheriff’s Department (Erie): Ashley N. Garza, deputy.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department (Westmoreland): Shelly Bigham and Scott Douglas Butler, deputy sheriffs.

PRATT COUNTY
Pratt Police Department: Janna L. Wood, patrol officer.

RENO COUNTY
Hutchinson Police Department: Garret A. Leslie, patrol officer, and Stephen Schaffer, officer.
Reno County Sheriff’s Department (Hutchinson): Travis Vogt, patrol deputy.

RILEY COUNTY
Riley County Police Department (Manhattan): DeQuaan Simmons, officer.

RUSH COUNTY
Rush County Sheriff’s Department (LaCrosse): Trever L. Crowell, deputy.

SALINE COUNTY
Salina Police Department: Tyler VanCoevern, patrol officer.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
Goddard Police Department: Don McElroy, officer.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
Kansas Bureau of Investigation (Topeka): Traci Fruit and Katie Schuetz, special agents.
Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority: Jerry L. Jackson, safety officer.
Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department (Topeka): John Culver, Henry Harmon and Justin A. Roberts, deputies.

SUMNER COUNTY
Sumner County Sheriff’s Department (Wellington): Larry C. Gilmore, deputy.

WOODSON COUNTY
Woodson County Sheriff’s Department (Yates Center): Glen E. Lawrence, deputy sheriff.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department (Kansas City): Stacy E. Sisk, deputy.

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