Blake Keith, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; Jeffrey Nix, Pratt Police Department; and Kelton Barrett, of the Pratt Police Department, were among 24 new law enforcement officers to graduate from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 12 in a ceremony held at Integrity KLETC Auditorium.
Officer Grady Carl of the Emporia Police Department was the promotion chairman. The speaker at the ceremony was Mikel Golden, Chief Constable of the McPherson Police Department. Mike Satterlee, KLETC Senior Police Instructor, was the coordinator of the 285th Basic Training Class.
Jonathan Adsit of the Medicine Lodge Police Department received the Welch Academic Award for academic excellence. Deputy Robert Miller of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received the KLETC Fitness Award, and Amanda McCullough of the McPherson Police Department was also recognized at the ceremony for her firearms proficiency in the “Top Shot” class.
Graduates receive KLETC graduation certificates and Kansas law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Standards and Training of Peace Officers, the licensing authority of state law enforcement. The training course meets the state’s requirement for the training of law enforcement agencies. 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, the KLETC trains the majority of municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers in Kansas and oversees the training of the remaining officers in seven accredited and certified college programs run by the agencies. local law enforcement 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 their training in August 2021, represented 15 municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies across Kansas.