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Sixty-Three Students to Graduate From Owens Basic Peace Officer Academies, May 5
Sixty-three students will be recognized as Ohio Basic Peace Officer Academy graduates at Owens Community College on Wednesday, May 5.
The special ceremonies will occur at 7 p.m. in the College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. The College's Basic Peace Officer Academy graduation is open to the public.
"Owens Community College is proud to continue its collaboration with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission and provide educational training for thousands of future law enforcement officials throughout the state of Ohio," said Gary Brinker, Owens Coordinator of Public Service Programs. "Our nation would not experience freedom and safety as we know it without each graduate's decision to pursue a career in public service."
Founded in 1970, the Basic Peace Officer Academy is offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses in cooperation with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council. As part of the seven-month program, Owens police academy students take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics and criminal investigation using modern, high-tech police equipment. Participants receive expert instruction from local police officers, sheriff's deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents.
Following successful completion of the College's Basic Peace Officer Academy, Owens graduates become eligible for certification as an Ohio peace officer. In addition, coursework earned by police academy graduates will apply toward an associate degree in Law Enforcement.
Local law enforcement agencies where Owens graduates now are employed include the Wood County Sheriff's Department, Maumee Police Department, Northwood Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Findlay Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department and the Fostoria Police Department, among others.
The following students have completed the required number of law enforcement contact hours set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.