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Published 4/27/2005

Over 60 Students to Graduate From Owens Basic Peace Officer Training Academies, May 3

Over 60 students will be recognized as Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy graduates at Owens Community College on Tuesday, May 3.

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 Training 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 Ohio," said Gary Brinker, Owens Coordinator of Public Service Training 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 Training 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 Training 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 at Owens in law enforcement.

Local law enforcement agencies where Owens graduates now are employed include the Deshler Police Department, Findlay Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department, Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Maumee Police Department, Northwood Police Department, Perrysburg City Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Sylvania City Police Department, Sylvania Township Police Department, Tiffin Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Wayne Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

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 Day Academy:
Nikki M. Burnno of Genoa 
Erica L. Cole of Toledo(sponsored by the Pemberville Police Department)
Nicole A. Cowles of Bowling Green 
Aaron M. Crawford of Toledo 
Kathleen P. Deck of Toms River, New Jersey 
Brian D. Dibling of Sylvania 
Gerald P. Ewing of Toledo 
Dillon L. Flick of Bowling Green 
Ryan J. Freels of Berkey 
Elliot M. Goff of Toledo 
Steven D. Holben of Perrysburg(sponsored by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office)
Kyle B. King of Wayne(sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff's Office)
Gregory L. Kuhlman of Pemberville 
Kenneth D. Lundy of Toledo 
Robert M. Myerholtz III of Weston(sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff's Office)
Jason D. Randall of Defiance(sponsored by the Bryan Police Department)
Rudy Santibanez Jr. of Toledo 
Mark D. Shanke of Perrysburg 
Andrew F. Scharer of Toledo 
Shasta M. Sibbersen of Toledo 
Melissa A. Sievert of Maumee 
Matthew R. Simon of Dallas, Texas 
Andrew E. Stewart of Bowling Green 
Tracy J. Taylor of Holland 
Wayne A. Thompson of Swanton(sponsored by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office)
Shawn M. Wolniewicz of Curtice 
Michael J. Worden of Walbridge 
Ryan W. Wurst of Wauseon 

Toledo-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Night Academy:
Kurtis W. Carpenter of Bowling Green 
Nathan E. Conrad of Toledo 
Jeffrey A. Corwin of Perrysburg 
David J. Daniels of Maumee 
Sarah L. Hall of Port Clinton(sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Police Department)
Michael S. Ilia of Toledo 
Ayad H. Itawi of Toledo(sponsored by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office)
Myron W. Koontz Jr. of Perrysburg(sponsored by the Lucas County Sheriff's Office)
Jason D. McClung of Curtice(sponsored by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office)
Brian R. Marvin of Delta 
Matthew C. Miller of Toledo 
Adam M. St. John of Oregon 
Andrew W. Sievert of Toledo 
Jonathan R. Thomson of Toledo 
Corey A. Turner of Maumee 
Ann M. Wojciechowski of Toledo 

Findlay-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Academy:
Michael A. Diem of Deshler 
Leanne Frederick of Carey(sponsored by the Carey Police Department)
Adam T. Havenstein of Ottawa(sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Jennifer L. Jenkins-Lentz of Arcadia(sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Rebecca L. Harding of Maumee(sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
Mathew J. Lehman of Upper Sandusky(sponsored by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office)
Phillip E. Lewis of Findlay 
Jason R. Long of Bluffton 
Carson A. Orians of Upper Sandusky(sponsored by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office)
Richard D. Taylor of Tiffin(sponsored by the Bloomville Police Department)

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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