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Area Officers Graduate From Academy

Todd PittengerSeptember 19, 2020

Seventy new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center on Friday, including six who will work in Salina and Saline County.

According to the organization, the large class size was designed to prevent disruption to Kansas law enforcement and to ensure there was no additional delay in training created by the suspension of on-campus classes in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Officers Aaron Free of the Salina Police Department and Charles Semenko of the Scott City Police Department were named to the Director’s Honor Roll. Officer Semenko was also awarded the Larry Welch Award of Academic Excellence while Officer Free was recognized as the class “Top Shot”. Randy Baily and Caleb Dickey of the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office both won the Top Fitness award for most miles, with Dickey also being named the most improved.

Christopher Engle-Tjaden of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was the graduating class president. Mike Satterlee, KLETC Instructor of Police and Class Coordinator for the 268th Basic Training Class, was the speaker for the ceremony.

The 268th also raised over $1700 for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas (CACKS). This money will be going to a project that will benefit children across the state called My Backpack. Class president Engle-Tjaden presented CACKS Executive Director Juliane Walker a check on behalf of the class.

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, KLETC 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 300 officers enroll annually in KLETC 14-week basic training programs. KLETC offers continuing education and specialized training to over 10,000 Kansas officers each year. KLETC is located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, and is a division of University of Kansas Lifelong & Professional Education.

The graduates, who began their training in June 2020, represented 42 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies from across Kansas. Graduates who granted permission to release their names are listed below by county and agency:


  • Kevin Norton – Great Bend Police Department


  • Jacob Blevins – El Dorado Police Department
  • Walter Clayton – Butler Community College Dept. of Public Safety
  • Thomas Maloney – Butler County Sheriff’s Office


  • Alan Garcia – Concordia Police Department


  • Devon Duffield – Coldwater Police Department


  • Jessica Floyd – Udall Police Department



  • Gregory Adelman – Mulberry Police Department


  • Angel Martinez-Rivera – Abilene Police Department


  • Julio Morales – Garden City Police Department
  • Idris Muhammad Patterson – Garden City Police Department
  • Morgan Withington – Garden City Police Department


  • Dustin Van Leiden – Ottawa Police Department
  • Kevin Virosteck – Ottawa Police Department


  • Robert Benzer – Junction City Police Department
  • Steven Clarke – Junction City Police Department
  • Diamond Denson – Junction City Police Department
  • Gus Falter – Junction City Police Department
  • Demetrius Jones – Junction City Police Department
  • David Nolting – Junction City Police Department


  • James Morris – Harvey County Sheriff’s Office


  • Noah Everett Parnell Day – Kearny County Sheriff’s Office


  • Austin Dyche – Leavenworth Police Department


  • Julie Eskew – Oakley Police Department


  • Matthew Regier – Marion County Sheriff’s Office


  • Andrew Gonzalez – Paola Police Department
  • Christopher Lee – Miami County Sheriff’s Office


  • Joe Elliott – Caney Police Department


  • Hayden Cole – Chanute Police Department


  • Courtney Kaus – Norton Police Department


  • Peter Paras – Pottawatomie Police Department


  • Madaline Carr – Hutchinson Police Department
  • Lance Fairchild – Hutchinson Police Department
  • Tyler Proctor – Hutchinson Police Department
  • Braden Stewart – Hutchinson Police Department
  • Francisco Gutierrez – Reno County Sheriff’s Office
  • Matthew Lutz – Reno County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ethan Price – Reno County Sheriff’s Office


  • Gibson Joseph Akers – Kansas State University Police Department
  • Nicholas Coffey – Riley County Police Department
  • Benjamin Tracy – Riley County Police Department


  • Patrell Brown – Salina Police Department
  • Curtis Cooke – Salina Police Department
  • William Dickerson – Salina Police Department
  • Aaron Free – Salina Police Department
  • Haylee Harris – Salina Police Department
  • Koby Ingalsbe – Salina Police Department


  • Jared Odea – Scott City Police Department
  • Charles Semenko – Scott City Police Department


  • Ryan Aden – Cheney Police Department
  • Benjamin Deaver – Derby Police Department
  • Zachary Nolan – Clearwater Police Department
  • Madison Smith – Wichita State University Police Department


  • Juan Salas – Liberal Police Department
  • Taylor Shuman – Liberal Police Department


  • Randy Bailey – Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Caleb Dickey – Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Christopher Engle-Tjaden – Kansas Bureau of Investigation


  • Derek Hoskinson – WaKeeney Police Department


  • Casey Dalton – University of Kansas Med Center Police Department
  • Joshua Thomas – Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Thomas Williams – Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office

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Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center  by Jason Levy

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