Governor appoints Lawrence Police Chief Rich Lockhart to state commission on officers’ standards

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Post updated at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, June 22:

Rich Lockhart, chief of the Lawrence Police Department, is one of the newest members of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, KSCPOST.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s office announced Lockhart’s appointment Thursday morning.

“I am grateful for the trust these law enforcement leaders have shown in me, and in our department,” Lockhart said in a news release Thursday afternoon. “It is an honor to serve an organization that works to secure the integrity of policing, while continuing to find ways to improve it as well. I’d like to thank the Governor and Commission for the opportunity and look forward to serving to ensure Kansas Police Officers are the best in the nation.”

Kelly’s office’s announcement summarizes the purpose of KSCPOST: “The Commission may suspend, revoke, or deny the certification of a police or law enforcement officer who fails to meet the requirements of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act or has met such requirements by falsifying documents or failing to disclose information required for certification. Provides accredited instruction, which is required for permanent appointment of full-time police and law officers.”

KSCPOST is a 12-member commission. Lt. Aaron Moses, of the Wichita Police Department, has also been appointed, according to the governor’s office. With their appointments, one vacant seat remains on the commission.

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