Police Academy Training Staff

Director Ken SissomDirector Ken Sissom

Ken Sissom began his career as a police officer with the Paola Police Department in 1976. After two years he was hired as deputy at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. A year later he accepted appointment as police officer for the Merriam Police Department, where he worked for 26 years until he retired in late 2005.

From 1992, until his retirement in 2005 Sissom served as Merriam Police Department’s Chief of Police. In that time he held the office of past president of the Johnson County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2008, he was hired by Johnson County Community College as a professor for the administration of justice department, where he taught until 2013.

In December 2013, Ken Sissom was appointed as the Director of the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. Sissom has an AA degree from JCCC, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Park University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University, Topeka.

Travis MeatsOfficer Travis Meats

Staff Instructor – Criminal Law, Traffic Enforcement, Patrol Procedures and Scenario-Based Training

Officer Travis Meats began his career with the Ottawa Kansas Police Department in 1997 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in crime and delinquency and sociology from the University of Kansas. In 1999 he came to work for the Shawnee Police Department. While at Shawnee, Officer Meats has been a field training officer, TASER instructor and less lethal munitions instructor. He is currently the training officer and a member of the tactical team for the department.

Officer Meats was assigned as a full time staff instructor in 2011. He instructs alcohol beverage control law, traffic stops, patrol procedures and is responsible for the scenario-based training. He also assists with active shooter and TASER training.

Officer Steven BroersDeputy Steven Broers

Staff Instructor – Firearms, Physical Fitness, TASER, Building Searches and Simunitions

Deputy Steven Broers began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a canine officer with the United States Marine Corps. He joined the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 and has been a member of the training division since 2000. He is currently the lead instructor on firearms and physical fitness for the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. He also teaches: TASER, building searches, active shooter, emergency vehicle operations, simunitions, OC spray, and defensive tactics. 

Betsy SelmanBetsy Selman

Staff Instructor - Criminal Investigations, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, EVOC and Scheduling

Elizabeth “Betsy” Selman is a full-time instructor at the Police Academy. She is employed with the Overland Park Police Department and assigned at the Police Academy. Officer Selman has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University.

She was hired with the Shawnee Police Department in 1995 and was an officer with them until 2000. She worked in patrol, as a field training officer and on the rape evidence collection team. In 2000, the Overland Park Police Department hired Officer Selman. She has worked for them in patrol, as a field training officer and as an instructor.

In August 2005, Selman was assigned to the Police Academy as a full-time instructor. She teaches criminal investigations classes and emergency vehicle operations course, EVOC.

Kurt SkilesKurt Skiles

Officer Kurt Skiles began his career with the Olathe Police department in 1988.  During his career he has served as a Patrol officer, detective, field training officer, department training coordinator, and tactical support unit operator.

He is a firearms instructor, less lethal munitions instructor, TASER instructor, FX simunitions instructor, handcuffing, OC, EVOC, active shooter and officer survival in low light conditions instructor.

Officer Skiles has been involved with the Police Academy since 2006. Officer Skiles instructs report writing, less lethal, active shooter and assists with scenario based training, EVOC and firearms.