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Published 8/5/2004

50 Students to Graduate From Owens Basic Peace Officer Academies, August 12

Fifty students will be recognized as Ohio Basic Peace Officer Academy graduates at Owens Community College on Thursday, August 12.

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 Office, Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Woodville Police Department, Oak Harbor Police Department, Pemberville Police Department, Williams County Sheriff's Office, Elmore Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 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:
Jerome D. Arnold of Toledo
Timothy S. Austin of Maumee
Bradley A. Baker of Toledo
Brandy A. Barnum of Toledo
Joseph A. Carobine of Kunkle   (sponsored by the West Unity Police Department)
Michelle R. Carr of Luckey   (sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff's Office)
Dale L. Conner II of Sylvania
Lucy A. Dias of Toledo
Stephen T. Dowling of Toledo
Justin G. Eccleston II of Toledo
Bradley T. Friess of Northwood    (sponsored by the Elmore Police Department)
Carrie J. Griffith of Toledo
Jason P. Hadsell of Napoleon    (sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas R. Hannan of Perrysburg
Stephen G. Harvey of Swanton   (sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Natural Areas)
Joshua K. Heintzelman of Millbury    (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Douglas D. Hoffman of Oregon
Keith E. Johnson of Toledo
Peter S. Kapeluck of Toledo
Amy L. Koepfler of Toledo
Steve A. Laird of Port Clinton
Nicholas R. Lanzer of Napoleon    (sponsored by the Williams County Sheriff's Office)
David M. Lewandowski of Grand Rapids (sponsored by the Pemberville Police Department)
Isaiah M. Loar of Gibsonburg    (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Cheryl L. Lundy of Toledo
Randy W. Mead of Waterville
Daniel R. Mitchell of Toledo
Abigail L. Mock of Maumee
Steven J. Mowery of Toledo    (sponsored by the Clay Center Police Department)
Mark R. Nemire of Toledo
Dale M. Pawlowicz of Swanton   (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
John C. Richards Jr. of Oak Harbor    (sponsored by the Oak Harbor Police Department)
Corey A. Spoores of Grand Rapids
Gregory S. Stubleski of Toledo
Gary L. Terry of Walbridge    (sponsored by the Rocky Ridge Police Department)
Anna M. Villarreal of Toledo
Sonya L. Wilkinson of Northwood    (sponsored by the Woodville Police Department)
Marcia E. Young of Oregon    (sponsored by the Wayne Police Department)

Findlay-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Academy:
Steven A. Beutler of Ottawa
Ryan M. Burkholder of Bluffton
Andrew G. Collert of Mt. Cory
Douglas E. Frey of Findlay
Chad M. Hiser of Van Buren
Brian D. Holland of Fremont
Jamie L. Kominek of Portage    (sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff's Office)
Michael J. Nichols of Findlay    (sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Nathan D. Radar of Findlay
John F. Ridenour of Rawson
Timothy J. Saltzman of Findlay   (sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Michael B. Seaholm of Findlay

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 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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