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Published 8/4/2005

38 Students to Graduate From Owens Basic Peace Officer Academies, Aug. 16

Thirty-eight students will be recognized as Ohio Basic Peace Officer Academy graduates at Owens Community College on Tuesday, August 16.

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 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 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:

Brandon H. Begin of Perrysburg
Jeffrey S. Charlton of Toledo
Tyler A. Chivington of Sylvania
Ronald R. Conrad Jr. of Toledo
James E. Eaton of Toledo
Richard C. Feltner of Rossford
Daniel M. Ghareeb of Toledo
Anthony I. Hamilton of Perrysburg
Matthew A. Homan of Anna
Sonia L. Johnstone of Toledo
Bradford K. LaMarca of Norwalk
Jessica J. Leslie of Maumee
Joel P. McConnell of Toledo
Brice A. Nemire of Toledo
Andrew R. Pollauf of Perrysburg   (sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office)
Paul R. Roth of Toledo
Matthew S. St. John of Toledo
Jeremy J. Salaz of Portage
Christopher A. Sargent of Canfield
Gordon J. Shively of Gibsonburg
Kyle B. Smith of Waterville
Melissa S. Sullivan of Perrysburg
Melissa M. Taylor of Maumee
Anthony W. Thompson of North Baltimore   (sponsored by the North Baltimore Police Department)
Marc C. Tupper of Grand Rapids
Thomas C. White of Holland
Richard W. Wonderly of Archbold   (sponsored by the Bryan Police Department)

Findlay-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Academy:

Troy M. Bateson of North Balitmore   (sponsored by the North Baltimore Police Department)
Christopher S. Beach of Holgate
Michael R. Coffman of Bluffton
Joshua S. Douglas of Findlay   (sponsored by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office)
Andrew R. Groman of Findlay
Joseph A. Hart of Findlay
Robert D. Hoffman of Bascom
Justin N. Powell of Fostoria
Jennifer L. Shultz of North Baltimore
Mathew M. Tobin of Bowling Green
Jenifer R. Zimmerly of Ottawa

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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