Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Health & Wellness

Courses & Events

On every shift, police officers experience boundless stressors that can range from the merest encounter to outright chaos. This cumulative exposure can affect officers' mental and physical health, contributing to problems such as post-traumatic stress injuries, substance misuse, depression, and suicidal ideation. We will discuss practices that will promote mental health and wellness awareness. We will also introduce a paradigm shift in addressing factors inherent with the law enforcement organizational and cultural norms that provides a new innovating way to implement suicide prevention within an agency.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Friday, April 29, 2022, Dodge City KLETC Regional Site (Dodge City, KS)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, KLETC Campus Learning Center Classroom Bldg (Hutchinson, KS)
Police officers experience frequent and ongoing stressors in their work. These stressors range from their constant risk of staying safe on the job, restricting and conflicting policies, public opinion, public perceptions, and even civil unrest. And, simultaneously be prepared and decisive in responding to and investigating critical incidents, intentional human acts that shock the conscious, preserve life and respond to mass disasters. While these stressors are duly accepted the very day they pinned on the badge, there are healthy alternatives to mitigate burnout, substance abuse, marital problems, anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress injuries.

Monday, February 7, 2022, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Monday, April 25, 2022, William L. White Auditorium, upstairs (Little Theater) (Emporia, KS)
Monday, June 20, 2022, Hays KLETC Regional Site (Hays, KS)
Emotional intelligence and mindset training can help law enforcement mitigate the impact of stress and improve interpersonal communication within their personal and professional networks. It can strengthen your willpower, allow you to focus on your task at hand, and make better decisions under pressure. This course is designed for and been delivered to every level of law enforcement officer from patrol to command staff.

Friday, February 11, 2022, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
This course will give first responders the information and tools to develop the capacity to recover from difficulties associated with responding to both common and extreme situations in their public service.

Thursday, February 3, 2022, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Thursday, April 14, 2022, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium (Pittsburg, KS)
This course will help First Responders develop good nutrition, physical health and general wellness through their development of their own fitness plan.

Thursday, April 28, 2022, Hays KLETC Regional Site (Hays, KS)
Monday, November 14, 2022, The Venue (Derby, KS)
This course will introduce officers to methods which allow the officer to consistently monitor their state of mind, interpret their emotions and control their responses to the effects of stress and conflict. Through lecture, demonstration and hands on exercises the students will explore practices that have positive benefits in terms of resilience and overall wellness to both their on-duty performance and personal lives.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium (Pittsburg, KS)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Seward County Sheriff's Office (Liberal, KS)
This course promotes change in who and how we hire. Moreover, it promotes taking care of employee's emotional needs as a moral duty, while also serving to slow attrition rates, and when possible, to repair those who are changed by the caustic world of law enforcement.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, The Venue (Derby, KS)
Friday, June 24, 2022, Parsons (Parsons, KS)
Peer Support is a means for a department to show support to their employees, offering them opportunities to care for themselves and their families. Peer Support helps those, who without it, might turn to substances, illegal activity, poor performance, seeking a different career, mental health issues and even suicide.

April 11-15, 2022, KLETC Campus Integrity Auditorium (Hutchinson, KS)
This course will allow the attendees to explore their spiritual wellness and how spiritual practices can serve as a framework for life after a career in public safety.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, Salina Police Department Training Room (Salina, KS)
This course will allow the attendees to explore their spiritual wellness and how spiritual practices can serve as a framework for strong relationships within the home drawing from multiple faiths with a primary draw from Christianity. As first responders draw their inspiration and motivation for selfless acts at work, so to, can these spiritual outlooks transfer to quality of life at home.

Thursday, May 12, 2022, Hays KLETC Regional Site (Hays, KS)
Thursday, November 10, 2022, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)

Certificate Programs

As dedicated public servants, first responders are often the last to ask for help for themselves. The KLETC Certificate in Health and Wellness for Public Safety has been developed to address and support several aspects of public safety behavioral health. Graduates will be able to immediately apply the skill sets they learn to their profession, providing them with the opportunity in recognizing and addressing their own needs in order to be better equipped in performing their job duties safely.

This certificate program has been organized into a series of educational pillars to include:

  • Building Personal Resilience
  • Family Empowerment Through Spiritual Guidance
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques
  • Personal Financial Fitness
  • Comprehensive Physical Fitness and Nutritional Education

Learning Competency:

  • Participants will support their wellness and resilience with skills learned in the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional areas required of law enforcement officers.