Law Enforcement Basic Training Program

The 560-hour basic law enforcement training curriculum, approved by the , Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training, culminates an extensive law enforcement officer job task analysis and curriculum review project that began in late 2000. Recognizing in United States Supreme Court case Canton v. Harris (1989) that "adequate training" is a paramount issue in law enforcement today, KLETC staff initiated in late 2000 the most comprehensive, statewide Job Task Analysis (JTA) ever to be conducted of Kansas' law enforcement. KLETC employed a nationally recognized expert in job task analysis and basic training curriculum assessment to survey Kansas law enforcement officers (patrol officers) and their direct supervisors.

The support from the law enforcement community was tremendous. One thousand one hundred fifty-two (1152) officers representing 207 Kansas law enforcement agencies of all sizes, types and geographic locations participated. The survey participants rated various tasks with regard to frequency of performance and criticality of training. According to many of those officers completing the survey booklets it took on average, 3 to 3.5 hours to complete the survey questionnaire booklet. The survey response was overwhelming, to say the least. Ninety-six percent (96%) of the surveys were properly completed and returned for analysis. According to our consultant Kansas' response set a national response record.

The final results of that study are significant in terms of what learning objectives must be taught to law enforcement officers in a basic training program. The hours assigned to each instructional topic were derived after careful consultation with full-time, experienced Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and through consultation with Systems Design Group. The end result: A comprehensive basic law enforcement officer training program that addresses the tasks identified in the Kansas law enforcement officer job task analysis study.

KSA 74-5603 mandates that "The director (KLETC director) shall be responsible for determining the curriculum of the program, subject to such changes and modification as are directed by the law enforcement training commission." Pursuant to KSA 74-5603, the director has determined that a 560-hour basic training curriculum is necessary with all programs conducted on or after September 1, 2002. The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission concurred and formally adopted (by commission action in a public meeting on October 5, 2001) the basic training core curriculum and curriculum hours as determined by the director in his capacity as director of the training center. Therefore, the Commission acting pursuant to the authority granted in KSA 74-5603(b) has approved, authorized, and required 560-hours as the minimum number of hours required for full-time law enforcement basic training in Kansas.