General Headquarters — Columbus, Ohio
For Immediate Release: October
Contact: Lt. Tony Bradshaw (614) 752-2792
COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol commissioned 41 new troopers at a ceremony held today at the Patrol’s Training Academy.
The Patrol’s 146th Academy Class graduated today after 31 weeks of rigorous law enforcement training. Kenneth L. Morckel, Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Colonel Paul D. McClellan, Patrol Superintendent; Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Court of Appeals and Reverend Richard D. Ellsworth, Chaplain, Ohio State Highway Patrol, all addressed the graduates and presented their commissions and certificates of training.
Courses completed by the 146th class included firearms, traffic and criminal laws, self-defense, and crash investigation training. Cadets also drove on the performance track at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) in London.
Tpr. Bobby L. Rose of Goshen, Ohio, was selected class speaker and thanked the Academy and the families of the Cadets for being so supportive during their training.
Seven of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Patrol Academy. The honorees are:
• Overall performance – Tpr. Daniel J. Dubelko of Farmdale,
• Top performance in firearms – Tpr. Matthew H. Gramlich of Columbus, Ohio
• Top performance in driving – Tpr. Matthew N. Geer of Marysville, Ohio; Tpr. Kari A. Sommer of Vermilion, Ohio; Tpr. Daniel J. Dubelko of Farmdale, Ohio ; Tpr. Michael S. Phipps of Wheelersburg, Ohio
• Top performance in physical training – Tpr. Christopher K. Davis of St. Marys, Ohio
• Top performance in academics – Tpr. Bobby L. Rose of Goshen, Ohio
Each of the newly commissioned troopers will report to their posts on Monday, October 30. The troopers’ first 90 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new troopers are assigned to 19 of the Patrol’s 55 posts.
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