Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1968, KLETC serves as the central law enforcement training facility for our state and as headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas.
KLETC, a unit of the University of Kansas Continuing Education and University Outreach is located at the former naval air station, which is situated south of the City of Hutchinson and west of the City of Yoder in Reno County, Kansas. Its mission, as expressed in the Law Enforcement Training Act, K.S.A. 74-5601 et. seq. is “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the state, and the training center shall offer to qualified applicants such programs and courses of instruction designed to fulfill this end.”
KLETC directly trains the overwhelming majority of municipal, county and state law enforcement officers in Kansas, and oversees, supervises and monitors the training of the remaining officers at eight authorized and certified academy programs operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Moreover, no municipal, county or state law enforcement agency pays any tuition in connection with the training and/or room and board furnished to their officers by KLETC during the mandated basic training.
Kansas law enforcement officers must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 560 hours of basic law enforcement training to attain their law enforcement certification. Currently, the 560-hour program is conducted in a 14-week format. Additionally, to maintain law enforcement certification each officer must obtain 40 hours of continuing education annually in subjects related directly to law enforcement.
Kansas law enforcement officers must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 560 hours of basic law enforcement training to attain their law enforcement certification. Currently, the 560-hour program is conducted in a 14-week format. Additionally, to maintain law enforcement certification each officer must obtain 40-hours of continuing education annually in subjects related directly to law enforcement.
Established by K.S.A. 74-5619, and enabled by K.S.A. 20-362 and 20-362(e), funding for the training center is currently provided from the law enforcement training center fund. The law enforcement training center fund receives $15 from the docket fee charged in criminal and traffic-related cases in state district courts. This level of remittance from the docket fee was set by the legislature in its session of 2006. The fund also receives $11.50 from the docket fee charged in criminal and traffic - related cases in municipal courts. This level of remittance from docket fees also was set by the legislature in its 2006 session. To provide an additional revenue stream with which to operate KLETC, legislators in the 2016 session enacted a new $1.25 surcharge on ALL vehicle registrations beginning July 1, 2016, with the revenue generated from the surcharge to be deposited in the Law Enforcement Training Center fund. No monies from the State General Fund (SGF) is involved in funding KLETC campus operations.
KLETC has an authorized staff of 47 FTE and 3 PTE positions. Additionally, KLETC employs contractual service companies for security, laundry and cafeteria services. KLETC employees are dedicated and committed to active partnerships with the law enforcement community by providing comprehensive, progressive, quality training and support for Kansas law enforcement.
History of Capital Improvements 1991-2010
In compliance with promises made to the legislature in 1986, KLETC employed an architect to develop a master plan for the facility. This plan encompassed both repairs and rehabilitation to the existing facility as well as the construction of desperately needed additional space. Construction of the multipurpose/gymnasium, locker rooms, restrooms and administrative offices was completed in 1991. Two new classroom/seminar rooms, as well as a classroom/conference room were completed in 1993. A complete remodeling of the firearms range was completed in 1995. It included the construction of a range house with a classroom, firearms cleaning area, ammunition storage area and two offices, plus the construction of a range tower building for the Range Master to control and monitor training at the range. Construction of a new, four-story, 32,650 square foot, 107-bed residential hall commenced in March 1996, and was completed in September 1997. Renovation of the kitchen/dining areas and instructor office space commenced in October 1997, and was completed in July 1998. Reconstruction of KLETC’s existing parking lot at the main facility and at the firearms range commenced in the spring of 2001 and was completed in October 2001. The renovated parking facilities feature a parking capacity of over 200 vehicles and provide additional security lighting at the main facility. In October 2002 the residential hall sleeping capacity expanded from 107 to 142 beds to accommodate increased enrollments.
Because additional office and classroom space was needed, in late 2003 the University of Kansas purchased the former 20,000 square foot Collins Corporation office building located a short one-.half block from KLETC’s main campus facilities. Following completion of a renovation and construction project to create three new spacious classrooms and the revitalization of existing office space, KLETC moved all administrative and support staff functions to this building in September 2004.
In 2006, the Kansas Legislature and Kansas Board of Regents approved an architectural program for KLETC. The architectural program was divided into two construction phases. Phase I included a new 63-room residence hall with 126 sleeping beds, a multipurpose training facility capable of being divided into three separate training spaces, and expansion of the existing dining facility to accommodate additional student officers. Phase I was completed in June 2009. Phase II, a 1.78 mile emergency vehicle driver training course w/skid pad, training classroom and vehicle storage buildings, a tactical shooting training building and other associated facilities improvements was completed in late spring of 2010. Total legislative authorization for both Phases: $16.4 million. The 2006 Legislature increased the municipal and district court docket fee remittance levels to fund the architectural plan and provide additional operations funding for the Center.