HUTCHINSON – Twenty-three new law enforcement officers graduated from Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Jan. 14 in a ceremony held at KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium south of Hutchinson.
Officer William Butrum of the Baldwin City Police Department was the class president. The speaker for the ceremony was Darrell Atteberry, Chief of Police for the Bel Aire Police Department. KLETC Police Senior Instructor Michael Turenne was the class coordinator for the 287th Basic Training Class.
Chase Turner of the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office was recognized at the ceremony for his “Top Shot” class firearms proficiency.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the licensing authority of Kansas. state law enforcement. The training course fulfills the state requirement for law enforcement training. Classroom lectures and practical applications help train officers to solve the increasingly complex problems they face in the line of duty.
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, KLETC trains the majority of Kansas municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers and oversees the training of the remaining officers through seven law enforcement programs. Licensed and certified academies run by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
About 300 officers enroll in KLETC’s 14-week basic training programs each year. KLETC provides continuing education and specialized training to more than 10,000 Kansas agents each year. KLETC is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, and is a division of the University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.
The graduates, who began training in September 2021, represented 19 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies across Kansas.
Local graduates are Christopher Kelso of the Great Bend Police Department and Michael Craven of the St. John Police Department.