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New officer receives recognition





Hays Police Officer Brad Goering received high marks recently when he graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

During graduation ceremonies, he received the Larry Welch Award for being first in his class with the highest grade-point average, Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said.

He received the KLETC Director's Honor Roll Award for having a GPA of more than 94 percent.

Goering also received the physical fitness award for running more than 200 miles during his time at the academy.

His brother, Salina Police Officer Heath Goering, received the top shooter award during the training session.

Although uncommon, Scheibler said the class he attended also had a pair of brothers in training at the same time.

Graduation for the 222nd graduating class was March 22 at the center near Hutchinson.

While he's been with the department since Oct. 8, Goering still has another month left in the HPD's field-training program and "then he's on his own," Scheibler said.

The field-training program is a 14-week program that entails close supervision by a senior officer, who checks the rookie's progress daily.

"We've had some success with that," Scheibler said of the program.

The goal is to "make sure we have the most qualified police officers for the city of Hays," he said.