What does a KLETC Certificate do for you?
Participating in KLETC Certificate Programs provide endless benefits for those individuals who desire to develop personal and professional growth in the area of public safety.
- Gain a Competitive Advantage: Certifications can differentiate you from other professionals in your field, showing that you have a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in the public safety profession.
- Expand Knowledge and Skills: By acquiring new and updated industry information or techniques, you can hone current work habits that may be causing inefficiencies or quality issues with your output while increasing your competencies. This can help give you the skills and confidence to try something new such as establishing the groundwork to implement a more sophisticated working environment.
- Refresh your Knowledge: Continuing education keeps you current. Even if you've got a lot of experience, certification training can raise your conceptual understanding to a higher level and reconfirm what you already practice. Certification, whether required or optional, will help you make sure you're at the top of traditional public safety standards. And the sooner you have that new knowledge, the faster you can apply it within your agency.
- Build Connections: Not only are you improving your knowledge and your employment options by getting the certification itself, the connections where you train can be an ongoing source of networking, information, and career development.
- Build Professional Credibility: Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning. These merits can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your network, with your current organization, and when pursuing new opportunities in and outside of the public sector.
How do I obtain a KLETC Certificate?Successful completion of this certificate program, requires participants to complete all required classes. To compliment and balance your educational experience, a final capstone project is also required. Choose one of the following:
- Candidate will compose a research paper with a PowerPoint presentation over your choice of topic inspired by the training specific to this certificate. The paper should be no less than four pages and must include an additional page on which citations are included. The PowerPoint presentation is meant to highlight the core concepts of your research paper and will be presented to the KLETC Professional Development Committee either in person at KLETC or remotely using Zoom or Skype. The research paper will need to be submitted prior to the PowerPoint presentation or with the PowerPoint presentation if you choose to present in person.
- Candidate to develop a training course that is at least four hours in length, but no more than eight hours, on a topic specific to Health and Wellness. Prior to delivery, a formal course outline to be submitted to the KLETC Professional Development Committee and is to include participant learning competencies, lesson plan and course objectives. The candidate may choose the location of where the course will be conducted and KLETC will assist with all other logistics. In addition, the candidate must have successfully completed the KLETC Instructor Development Program or equivalent prior to presenting their training course.
Please contact Mary Ellen Kirkbride or Jenny Caywood to request an application or answer any questions.
The KLETC Certificate in Criminal Investigations will provide investigators with the knowledge and skill set required to be successful in their role. In today's changing climate, criminal investigators are faced with a multitude of situations. Beyond traditional investigation methodologies, criminal investigators must now be experts in human trafficking, internet and financial investigations, drug conspiracies, crimes against children and interview and interrogation to ensure the investigator is fully equipped with the competencies needed to meet the rigorous demands of the environments in which they will be working. Successful completion of the Certificate in Criminal Investigations will provide participants the ability to conduct professional and ethical investigations, improve their case management and documentation skills.
- Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual, or as part of an investigatory team.
- Participants will be able to conduct professional investigations.
- Participants will be able to adhere to ethical standards.
- Participants will be able to improve case management and documentation skills.
- Participants will be able to investigate a wide variety of crimes.
Health and Wellness for Public Safety
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
- Participants will support their wellness and resilience with skills learned in the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional areas required of law enforcement officers.
Post Academy Training School
Attention Kansas law enforcement executives, command and supervisory personnel, and field training officers!
Are you seeking an innovative and specialized professional development plan for your recent basic training graduates?
KLETC has developed a new Post Academy Training School (P.A.T.) to turn your new officer into a master practitioner. We have created a program to enhance and reinforce the core policing principles through competency-based training. This course will consist of five required (GOLD) classes and a minimum of three elective classes that will average nearly 120 training hours over three years, satisfying the 40-hour continuing education statutory mandate, K.S.A 74-5607a(b).The P.A.T. School will provide a simulated environment for the officer to work through standard police calls reflective of those Kansas law enforcement officers encounter daily.
Each GOLD class will be progressive, allowing additional time and attention to emphasize fundamental skills while holding officers accountable for their knowledge, behavior, and attitude. Creating real-world experiences that provide limited information and deliver stress will engage PAT School participants to scaffold their experiences and strengthen their critical thinking and decision-making skills. These clinical experiences will involve supervised assessments, reasoning, and responses that elevate emotional intensity, confusion, and disorganized thinking that are present during real police calls. Lastly, a three-day, cumulative "Q" (Qualification) School will provide a final opportunity to substantiate officers' competency by demonstrating their fluency in policing practice and set them on a path to accelerate professional growth.
GOLD Class #1: Maintaining the Profession
This class is based on instilling the qualities of professionalism as both a student and a law enforcement officer. Such items as maintaining professional licensure, avoiding professional sanctions, and achieving career satisfaction will be explored. Topics discussed include established codes of conduct, professional ethics, and societal expectations. The student will examine their attitudes toward public service, their duty to act, and the role of law enforcement within their community.
- KS-CPOST Investigations
- Training Requirements
- Professional Code of Ethics
- Personal Ethics
- Departmental Expectations
- Personal Motivations
- Officer Wellness and Fit for Duty
- Mental and Physical Injuries
- Career Satisfaction and Legacy
Gold Class #2: Patrol Responder
This class focuses on when the officer notices criminal activity, receives a call, or becomes aware of a need for a law enforcement response when transitioning to an investigator's role. They will develop good decision-making skills regarding tactics, scene management, and resource allocation. Issues surrounding the intervention of criminal acts, controlling scenes for safety and security, and transitioning from scene management to investigation will be discussed.
- Patrol Observation Skills
- Equipment Selection and Maintenance
- Tactical Skill Development and Maintenance
- Stress Decision Making and Performance
- Response Tactics and Route Selection
- Contain, Control, and Communicate (locking down the scene)
- Decisive Intervention (Tactical, Medical)
- Lawful Contacts, Detainments, and Arrests
- Communication Skills (Personal, Team, Department)
- Chain of Command Notification and Responsibilities
- The transition from Tactical to Investigation
Gold Class #3: Patrol Investigation
This class will examine the role of patrol in conducting criminal investigations. The student will develop skills in observing and identifying criminal behavior and determining how to initiate an investigation. Issues involving suspect and investigator interactions and documentation of evidence will be explored. Suspect and victim interviews will be vital in building the patrol investigator's skills. Students will examine when to transition an investigation to specialty-trained investigators or call on additional resources.
- Identification of Criminal Activity
- Street Interviews
- Developing Intelligence
- Patrol Surveillance
- Scene and Interview Documentation
- Protecting and Gathering Evidence
- Legal Questioning
Gold Class #4: Roadside Investigation
These circumstances may include traffic stops or day-to-day interactions with the community on our roadways and parking lots. Increased knowledge of vehicle laws, drug activity signs, or other criminal activity indications will be stressed. The student will examine safety issues related to the "roadside" environment and how best to utilize safety tactics and equipment.
- Lawful Contact and Detainments
- Recognition of Criminal Activity
- Safe Roadside Tactics
- Use of Safety Equipment
- Drug Interdiction/Impaired Driver
- Traffic Law and Enforcement
- Proactive Policing
Gold Class #5: Community Service
This class examines the role of the law enforcement department and officers in the community. Students will discuss how their culture and that of the community interact and set foundations for expectations. Issues surrounding trust and transparency will be explored, as well as how individual officers' actions can affect attitudes on all sides. Students will be encouraged to reflect on personal and professional ethics to promote community and career satisfaction.
- Department Culture
- Community Culture (sub-cultures)
- To Serve and Protect (professional and personal ethics)
- Resilience (Burnout)
- Community Outreach
- Community Problem Solving (beyond crime fighting)
- Nontraditional Police Services
- Community Resources
GOLD classes will be added to the list as they are developed.