Three law enforcement officers from the area have graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
They were part of the 223rd basic training class at the center, which is near Yoder city, near Hutchinson, Kan. The center is a division of the University of Kansas Continuing Education.
The graduates began their training Feb. 18 and graduated May 24.
Area graduates included Peter Gregory, of Kansas City. Kan., a patrol officer with the Kansas City Kansas Community College Campus Police; Cameron Roland, of Kansas City, Kan., a patrol officer with the KCKCC Campus Police; and Michael Simmons, of Kansas City, Kan., a deputy with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department.
Graduates receive certificates of course completion from KLETC 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.
Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, the center trains many 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 300 officers enroll annually in the 14-week basic training program. In 2010, the center offered continuing education and specialized training to more than 5,600 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.