Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

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

June 4, 2013


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.


somebodynew 4 years, 11 months 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.)

mimitot 4 years, 11 months 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!

Jstanobservation 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Bob Forer 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, Lawrence does have the most intensive training program of 26 weeks duration. The Kanas Highway Patrol Academny is not that far behind with a 22 week program, which is a lot when you consider they are glorified and well paid traffic cops. The KLETC program is only 14 weeks long.

somebodynew 4 years, 11 months 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.

Joel Hood 4 years, 11 months 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.

somebodynew 4 years, 11 months ago

No, I don't think the funds from tickets pays for all the training. It helps, but each City or County also has to pay for each person as well.

Bob Forer 4 years, 11 months ago

You are right. $15.00 of the court costs from district courts (county) are paid into the Training Fund, and $11.50 of the court costs from municipal courts (city) are paid into the Training Fund. Each department is responsible for paying the wages of the trainee while they are attending.

Goverment entitites may opt out of the program, which Lawrence has done. Basically, the city tax payers pick up the tab. It's part of the Lawrence PD budget.

somebodynew 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, and Lawrence is not unique in this. Most of the larger cities run their own academy for the reasons stated above. I believe it is just out of their operating budget

oldbaldguy 4 years, 11 months 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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