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Published 10/4/2004

Owens Faculty Member Chosen To Assist In Middle East Peace Keeping Efforts

With military combat operations in the Middle East concluded, the overall focus has shifted toward restoring order and the mission of peace keeping. For Wayne Seely, an Owens Community College Instructor in Criminal Justice and Fire Science, the rebuilding promise made by the United States will result in the longtime law enforcement educator assisting in the Middle East's continued reconstruction efforts.

Seely has been chosen among law enforcement officials nationwide to provide educational training for future police serving in the Middle East. The Maumee resident is one of approximately 100 trainers throughout the United States who have recently left for the Middle East.

"Wayne Seely's selection speaks to the quality educator that he is, and his willingness to make a difference in the Middle East's peace keeping efforts is admirable," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College.

Technical skills, which will be taught to individuals entering the police training program, include basic patrol, interacting with the public, investigative interviewing techniques and arrest procedures. The educational training will be a collaborative initiative as law enforcement experts from several countries, such as Great Britain and Italy, also will participate in the endeavor.

"The opportunity to play a significant role in the Middle East's future is immeasurable," Seely said. "I cannot imagine an educational experience more powerful than teaching future police officials tactical aspects of law enforcement. I am honored to be a part of such a monumental training initiative."

Seely added, "Our brave servicemen and women within the United States military continue to put their lives in harms way to defend American freedom and liberate the Middle East. Providing local citizens with law enforcement instruction will enhance safety and security throughout the surrounding region."

Following the six-month training initiative, Seely envisions incorporating experiences and knowledge he obtains about the Middle Eastern culture into his academic curriculum at Owens.

"My time in the Middle East will enable me to provide criminal justice and fire science students a unique perspective on methods of policing related to other countries," he said. "I also see my experience as a unique opportunity to develop relationships with multi-national governments and police officials. It is my belief that another country's perspective on national security will be of great benefit to Owens' future Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security."

Owens Community College has been at the forefront in partnering with area police, fire and medical agencies for more than 30 years. The College currently is investing in the future of emergency training by constructing a new $25 million Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security. Owens' new complex will be the only comprehensive facility of this magnitude in the Midwest.

Individuals chosen for the unprecedented assignment were selected following an extensive nationwide search conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. The rigorous selection process included several interviews, background checks and security clearance approval to enter the Middle East. A significant portion of the process focused on each applicant's educational background in police training.

Seely joined Owens' faculty as an Instructor of Criminal Justice and Fire Science in 2001. He currently is responsible for teaching academic courses in Criminal Justice Administration, Community Policy, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Having over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Seely previously served as the Chief of Police for Sylvania Township Police Department and the Wauseon Police Department. His professional involvement includes membership with the Ohio Chief of Police Association and the International Chief of Police Association.

He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo and an associate's degree in public service technology from Owens Community College. In addition, Seely is a certified Peace Officer through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 29 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 new 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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