Gov. Sam Brownback has reappointed Andover Police Chief Mike Keller to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (KSCPOST).
As a commissioner, Keller will represent cities of the second class during a four-year term. He was originally appointed to the commission Oct. 26, 2009, by then-Gov. Mark Parkinson to serve the remainder of an unexpired term.
“I am honored to have been once again nominated by the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police and reappointed by Gov. Brownback,” Keller said. “It is truly a privilege to represent the citizens of Andover and serve the citizens of Kansas in this capacity.”
The KSCPOST provides the citizens of Kansas with qualified, trained, ethical, competent and professional peace officers. The commission also adopts and enforces professional standards for certification of peace officers in a manner consistent with the law, while being considerate of the community and uncompromising basic values and ethics.
Among its many duties and responsibilities are approving the basic core training curriculum for all Kansas law enforcement and granting certification to all Kansas full- and part-time officers. The commission has the investigative power to follow-up on reports of alleged Training Act violations and may suspend, revoke or deny the certification of a law enforcement officer who fails to meet the requirements of the Kansas Law Enforcement Act.
The 12-member commission is chaired by someone selected by the governor who represents the public at large and is not associated with law enforcement. Other members include the superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol; the director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation; three sheriffs representing counties with populations less than 10,000, from 10,000 to 50,000 people, and more then 50,000 people; three chiefs of police representing cities of the first, second and third class; a training officer from a certified state or local law enforcement training school, a full-time sworn officer nominated by the Fraternal Order of Police; and a county or district attorney nominated by the County and District Attorneys Association.