WELLSVILLE — A new face now is working to ensure safety on the streets.

Along with 52 other new law enforcement officers in the state, Brandon Early graduated in late March from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson.  

“Brandon’s a very good, quality person to work with,” Steve Gillespie, Wellsville police chief, said Friday. “He’s got good work ethic. He’s dependable.”

Early, who previously was a jailer and dispatcher in Lynn County, has family in the Wellsville area, Gillespie said of the young patrol officer, who is in his early 20s. Early graduated with the 222nd basic training class, which represents 41 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies in Kansas, the center said in a release. The center is located near Yoder, and is a division of the University of Kansas’ Continuing Education program.

The training course fulfills state requirements for law enforcement training, the center said, and it includes lectures and hands-on applications to help train officers to solve the complex problems they face in the line of duty. About 300 officers enroll annually in the 14-week program at the center, which is funded via municipal and state court docket fees.

Already, the young patrol officer has a received a citizen compliment, Gillespie said, noting that a senior Wellsville woman thanked the department and Early for clearing her car of snow.

“It was a nice thing for him to do,” Gillespie said of his newest officer. “Like most officers he got into law enforcement because he wants to help people.”