Garden Citians among training graduates
Of 58 law enforcement officers who graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, four are from Garden City.
Michael Kaste, special agent in charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Kansas City division, congratulated 58 new law enforcement officers during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in January.
The graduates, who began their training Sept. 24, 2012, and graduated Jan. 18, represented 41 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies in Kansas.
The new officers were members of the 221st basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder, near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Continuing Education.
Area graduates are as follows:
Brent Clark, of Garden City. Clark is a program services manager II with the Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism.
Jason Hoke, of Garden City. Hoke is a deputy with the Finney County Sheriff's Office.
Eric Rojas, of Garden City. Rojas is a deputy with the Finney County Sheriff's Office.
Jerred Stritt, of Garden City. Stritt is a patrol officer with the Garden City Police 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 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 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.
Date & Dine drawing set for Saturday
The drawing for the Finney County Humane Society Date Dine is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Garden City Animal Shelter on Fleming Street.
Give-away tickets are still available at the shelter and Davis Designs in downtown Garden City.
You do not have to be present to win.