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May 5, 2006
Contact: Lisa Webster, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, (620) 694-1505.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center announces April 2006 graduates

HUTCHINSON — Harvey County Sheriff Byron Motter congratulated 58 graduates of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at an April 28 ceremony in the 4-H Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The graduates, who began their training course Jan. 23, represented 45 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. They were the 185th basic training class of graduates.

Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline attended the ceremonies.

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 and monitors the employment and training histories of all Kansas law enforcement officers in the Central Registry, created in 1982 by the Kansas Legislature.

About 350 officers enroll in the 14-week basic training program annually. 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.

Graduates are listed by the county where their agency is located, their agency, job title (if available) and their hometown if different than their employer’s city:

ALLEN COUNTY
Iola Police Department: David Ingle

ANDERSON COUNTY
Garnett Police Department: Yianni E. Hermann

BOURBON COUNTY
Fort Scott Police Department: Harold J. Davis, director of public safety, and Anthony James Merando, patrol officer (Frontenac)

BARTON COUNTY
Ellinwood Police Department: Corey Richmeier, patrol

BUTLER COUNTY
Augusta Department of Safety: Derek S. Highbarger, safety officer
El Dorado Police Department: Travis R. Pierce, patrol officer (Clyde), and Maggie VanKooten, patrol officer (Phillipsburg)

CHEROKEE COUNTY
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department: Tommy Dietz, deputy (Weir)
Galena Police Department: Monty G. Bain, sergeant (Baxter Springs)

CLOUD COUNTY
Cowley County Sheriff's Department: Winfield: Bradley Priest, corrections deputy

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY
Sedan Police Department: William C. McKenna

DOUGLAS COUNTY
Baldwin City Police Department: Matt Douglas, police officer

DICKINSON COUNTY
Abilene Police Department: William F. Clarke IV, police officer I (Enterprise)
Herington Police Department: Toby Osburn, officer

ELLIS COUNTY
Ellis Police Department: Michael Brungardt
Hays Police Department: Rebecca Amerine, patrol officer, and Ryan Zweygardt, (St. Francis)

FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklin County Sheriff’s Department: Vickie Evans, deputy

GEARY COUNTY
Geary County Sheriff’s Department: Kristin Benson, deputy

HARVEY COUNTY
Newton Police Department: Josh Millspaugh, police officer (Halstead), and Mitchell J. Nedrow, police officer (Derby, Sedgwick County)

JACKSON COUNTY
Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Holton: Corey Schuetz, deputy, and Brandon Shaw, deputy

LABETTE COUNTY
Oswego Police Department: John Hine, patrol officer

LINN COUNTY
LaCygne Police Department: Phillip J. Davis
Linn Valley Police Department: John A. Burnett, patrol officer

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
Basehor Police Department: Thomas P. Wiles (Tongonoxie)
Leavenworth Police Department: Andrew Brinker, patrol officer (Lansing)

LYON COUNTY
Emporia Police Department: Michael Dunn, patrol officer; Scott Jones; and Thomas A. Watts (Reading)

MITCHELL COUNTY
Beloit Police Department: Matt Lamatsch, patrol officer
Mitchell County Sheriff's Department, Beloit: Lance Bergmann, deputy, and Mike H. Budke, deputy (Tipton)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Independence Police Department: Jason C. Reddy

MCPHERSON COUNTY
Canton Police Department: Joe Schrader, patrol officer
McPherson Police Department: Patrick W. Petersen

RICE COUNTY
Lyons Police Department: Cody D. Luck

RILEY COUNTY
Riley County Police Department: Curt M. Steel, patrol officer; Mark Bylkas; Roxanne Mueller (Hope, Dickinson County); and Kevin Wood, police officer (Salina, Saline County)

ROOKS COUNTY
Plainville Police Department: James Phlieger
Stockton Police Department: Adam Bryant, officer

STAFFORD COUNTY
St. John Police Department: Aaron Rudy

SEDGWICK COUNTY
Clearwater Police Department: Mark Herron, police officer (Wichita)

SMITH COUNTY
Smith County Sheriff’s Department: Ryan G. Allen, deputy, and Robert C. Dekle, deputy (Kensington)

SHAWNEE COUNTY
Kansas Attorney General: Jared M. Reed, special agent

SUMNER COUNTY
Conway Springs Police Department: Edward L. Wright, police officer
Wellington Police Department: Sara Caudillo, officer

STEVENS COUNTY
Hugoton Police Department: Nathaniel Gant and Troy S. Shuck

THOMAS COUNTY
Colby Police Department: Jerad W. Lange

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