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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Part-time police academy graduates after months of studying

  • One by one, the members of this year’s part-time police academy walked across the stage at the Wellington Middle School to accept their certificate of completion and to start the beginning of their law enforcement careers.


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  •     One by one, the members of this year’s part-time police academy walked across the stage at the Wellington Middle School to accept their certificate of completion and to start the beginning of their law enforcement careers.
        This year’s class boasted 14 students from five different departments including Wellington Police Department, Sumner?County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas City Police Department, Burden Police Department, and Great Bend Police Department.
        Spending their Tuesday and Thursday nights over the course of three months, students were put through the ringer of law enforcement education. Classes ranged from accident investigation, interpersonal communications, firearms and report writing. Instructors both locally and from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) lent their expertise to the students.
        After taking two major tests, a graduation ceremony was held at the Wellington Middle School to honor the upcoming officers’ hard work.
        “What they’ve done here is quite an accomplishment,” said Capt. Mike Yoder of the Sumner County?Sheriff’s Department, explaining the standards set forth by the KLETC for the students.
        At the ceremony, Sumner County Sheriff Officer Josh Forsyth took home not only the top academic award, but the award for “Top Gun” or most qualified shooter during firearms training.
        Forsyth said the achievement was “surprising.”
        “It was surprising because guys I talked to didn’t think I’d make Top Gun. I had to make up the mid-term and I had no idea where I was at academically,” he said. “It was a shock,”
        With class behind them, the new officers are looking forward to what lies ahead.
        “I feel relieved. I feel a sense of accomplishment and I’m anxious to get started,” said Sumner County Officer Jason Boyd.
        “I’m glad that it’s over because there are a lot of things that didn’t get done when I was coming to class and now maybe I can pick up where I left off,” said Officer Allen Miller from Burden. Miller was a reserve officer looks forward to stepping up in his department.
        “I’m excited to see what the [Full-time officer] training is all about and move on from there,” said Forsyth.
        Completing in this year’s part-time police academy are: Michael Rupe, Kyla Ruggles, Ariel Estrada, all of the Arkansas City Police Department; Jeff Richardson and Marty Seipel of the Great Bend Police Department; Allen Miller of the Burden Police Department; David Vandyke of the Wellington Police Department; Tisha Neptune, Jason Boyd, Josh Forsyth, Forrest Schultz, Trevor Church and Kenny Mayberry of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department.
        For more photos of the graduation, go to www.wellingtondailynews.com.