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Lawrence police add new class of 12 recruits, one veteran officer

June 4, 2013

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Police recruits are sworn in Tuesday by the Lawrence Police Department at the Investigations and Training Center. Back row, from left: John Pien, Ryan Douglas, Jonathan Gardner, David Nigro, Nicholas Simon, Narissa Dunn, Meagan Shipley. Front row, from left: Shawn Daubert, Skyler Richardson, Lindsay Bishop, Cody Williamson, Kristen Kennedy, Myra Gillum.

Police recruits are sworn in Tuesday by the Lawrence Police Department at the Investigations and Training Center. Back row, from left: John Pien, Ryan Douglas, Jonathan Gardner, David Nigro, Nicholas Simon, Narissa Dunn, Meagan Shipley. Front row, from left: Shawn Daubert, Skyler Richardson, Lindsay Bishop, Cody Williamson, Kristen Kennedy, Myra Gillum.

The Lawrence Police Department added 12 new police recruits Tuesday morning. They will begin a six-month training academy before patrolling the streets.

A 13th addition to the force is an officer who is returning to the department after leaving to work in private security in 2009.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib has said one of his goals is to maintain a regular schedule of police academies, and City Manager David Corliss has authorized hiring more officers than the department has vacancies for, to keep pace with future attrition through retirement, military leave and other departures. The department's academy graduated a class of 13 new officers in December.

The new recruits sworn in today: Lindsay Bishop, of Wichita; Ryan Douglas, of Moorhead, Minn.; Narissa Dunn, of Marshfield, Mo.; Jonathan Gardner, of Atchison; Myra Gillum, of Rose Hill; Kristen Kennedy, of Lenexa; David Nigro, of Lawrence; John Pien, of Woodbury, Minn.; Skyler Richardson, of Salina; Meagan Shipley, of Norton, Ohio; Nicholas Simon, of New Prague, Minn.; Cody Williamson, of Lawrence. Shawn Daubert, of Scott City, had been an officer with the Lawrence Police Department from 2003 to 2009 before leaving to work in private security. He joined the recruiting class today but, as an experienced officer, will not go through the full academy.

The department operates its own training academy, while most officers in the state go to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, a division of Kansas University’s Continuing Education program.

Comments

oldbaldguy 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Anyone who takes up the shield should be commended and given the opportunity to prove themselves. Having said that I have seen some pretty crappy cops through the courts. Usually small town and rural sheriff departments have to take what they can get and they do not pay much compared to Johnson County and metro departments.

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Joel Hood 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The cost of the training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center is paid for by funds derived from speeding tickets throughout the state. Does anyone know how the Lawrence academy pays for their training? I'm just curious.

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somebodynew 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Jstanobservation- can't speak to the cost, but the big difference is at Hutchinson you get a generic, one size fits all kind of training. They have to deal with everyone from a 2 person department to a 100 person department, and Sheriff's Offices. With training locally you get all the State required stuff, plus all the local ordinances and how this department works. Plus, a lot of the instructors are people they will be working with when graduated. It is a much better atmosphere and learning environment locally.

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Jstanobservation 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Just wondering what the difference in cost and training is between the Lawrence facility and the one in Hutchinson.

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mimitot 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Congratulations, especially Jonathan, to all of the new recruits! I know many of you have been working towards this goal for many years! I am very proud of you!

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mongo55 10 months, 3 weeks ago

They won't be hated as long as they uphold the Constitution & the Bill of Rights!

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somebodynew 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Congrats to all !! Especially Myra. Glad to see you aboard.
(From the old guy who worked where you interned. -emphasis on Old, if you are trying to figure it out.)

It will be tough, but glad to see you all here. (Now get ready for all the haters to come on here.)

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