KU News Release
Aug. 25, 2009
Contact: John Green, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, (620) 694-1505
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center to host graduation in new auditorium
YODER — Kansas Attorney General Steve Six will address new law enforcement officers at the first graduation ceremony to be conducted in the newly constructed 800-seat Integrity Auditorium at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.
The center, a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education, is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, south of Hutchinson.
Six, who earned a law degree at KU, and other officials will congratulate about 50 graduates of the 203rd basic training class. The hour-long ceremony will include a four-minute video presentation about life at the center, along with a four-minute video tribute to graduates who have died in the line of duty.
The new auditorium is part of a $16.4 million two-phase capital improvement project.
Phase one began in January 2008 and was completed in July. It includes a three-story, 63-room residence hall with 126 beds, a 800-seat multipurpose training auditorium that can be divided into three training classrooms, a new front entrance reception area and additional parking. The new facilities were designed by Lawrence-based Treanor Architects and constructed by the Wichita-based Law Company at a cost of $9.5 million.
Phase two, which began in July, will feature a 1.78-mile emergency-vehicle drivers’ training course with concrete, asphalt and gravel surfaces and a skid pad; training classroom; vehicle storage buildings; a tactical-shooting training building, and other facilities improvements.
A formal dedication ceremony is planned following the completion of the second phase in January.
Phase two was bid as two packages. Construction of the driver training course was awarded to Wichita-based Law Company for $2,478,100. Construction of the driver training classroom, vehicle storage building and tactical shooting training house and was awarded to Newton-based Regier Construction Inc. at a cost of $1,084,800. Collectively, phase two bids totaled $3,562,900.
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, the center trains the majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas and oversees the training of the remaining officers at seven authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
About 350 officers enroll annually in the 14-week basic training program. In 2008, the center offered continuing education and specialized training to more than 4,700 Kansas officers. 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.
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