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Published 5/5/2004
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.

Toledo-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Academy:
Justin W. Baumhower of Oregon  (sponsored by the Lucas County Port Authority)
Paul E. Belcher II of Walbridge
Julie S. Bey of Bowling Green  (sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff's Office)
Jason C. Bielski of Toledo
Joseph L. Bodnar of Maumee  (sponsored by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office)
James M. Carr of Findlay  (sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Kamika V. Davis of Toledo
Mark A. Dixon of Toledo
Jason L. Druckenmiller of Toledo  (sponsored by the Oregon Police Department)
Jon P. Dubois of Toledo  (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Patrick D. Fischer of Toledo
Thomas J. Fritz of Sylvania
Jeremiah D. Gallaher of Walbridge
Brian M. Geller of Bowling Green  (sponsored by the West Millgrove Police Department)
Peter J. Genzman of Toledo
Angela M. Hayes of Toledo
La Monte A. Hobbs of Toledo  (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Valerie L. Jess of Oak Harbor  (sponsored by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)
Amanda J. Jimerson of Martin  (sponsored by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)
Ryan D. Jones of Perrysburg
Jennifer M. Kellogg of Sylvania
Robert B. Kolb of Maumee
Thomas J. LaCourse of Toledo  (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Andrew T. LaFarree of Oregon
Chad A. Marchetto of Northwood
Edward D. Marckel of Swanton
Brett J. McGannon of Rossford  (sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Police Department)
Abigail L. Meeker of Bowling Green  (sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff's Department)
Dawn M. Miller of Perrysburg
Steven M. Mocniak of Toledo
Debra A. Morales of Elmore
Marc T. Nye of Toledo  (sponsored by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)
David P. O'Connor of Toledo
Brian C. Pratt of Toledo
Dustin R. Sabo of Toledo  (sponsored by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office)
Timothy J. Schultz of Luna Pier, Michigan  (sponsored by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)
Gregory P. Senyo of Toledo
Jeremy A. Skates of Delta
Matthew S. St. Clair of Bowling Green
Jennifer L. Stewart of Northwood
Graig A. Szakats of Lorain
Daniel L. Taylor of Toledo
Robert J. Thomas of Toledo
Catherine N. Titta of Toledo
Matthew S. Toflinski of Woodville  (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Miguel A. Trevino of Weston  (sponsored by the Pemberville Police Department)
William D. Vargo of Oak Harbor  (sponsored by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department)
Joel D. Weinrich of Oregon
Jacoby D. Whitacre of Weston
Daniel J. Whiting of Maumee
Pamela J. Wright of Oregon
Norman H. Yager II of Maumee  (sponsored by the Jackson Center Police Department)

Findlay-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Academy:
Nathan P. Amstutz of Pandora
Matthew L. Crouch of Findlay
Charles M. Dell of Bascom  (sponsored by the Seneca County Sheriff's Office)
David D. Doty of Upper Sandusky
Nicholas Gilgenbach of Ottawa
Joseph M. Hartman of Findlay  (sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew R. Knott of Tiffin
Rachel R. Neff of Pandora
Christina M. Silber of Cincinnati
Samuel J. Smith of Findlay
Lauri L. Thomas of McComb

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.


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