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For Immediate Release: June 29, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

24 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

COLUMBUS – Members of the 133rd Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Friday afternoon at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 24 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 14 Ohio agencies.

The 19-week basic course began in February. The course was developed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and offers comprehensive instruction in more than 150 topics, including criminal law, traffic law, community relations, physical training, self-defense, firearms,  emergency vehicle operations, standardized field sobriety testing, and electronic speed measuring devices.

Officer John E. Betts, Lakewood Police Department, was selected as class speaker by his fellow class members and addressed the assembly. 

Class honors went to the following:
Overall Top Performer – Anthony D. Dann, Springfield Police Department
Top Academics – DeGerald L. Edwards, Upper Arlington Police Department
Top Firearms – Kenneth D. Bills, Gahanna Police Department
Top Physical Fitness – DeGerald L. Edwards, Upper Arlington Police Department
Top Driving – Kenneth D. Bills, Gahanna Police Department

Chief Keith C. Torbet, Wauseon Police Department, was the featured speaker for the ceremony and addressed an audience of graduates, friends, relatives and law enforcement officers. Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, provided remarks and presented the certificates of training to the graduates.

Editor’s note: Pages 2 contains a complete list of graduates and their agencies.

 

First Name, MI

Last Name

Agency

Hometown

Kevin F

Ackerman

Brecksville Police Department

Strongsville

Michael J.

Adams

Delaware Police Department

Akron

John E.

Betts

Lakewood Police Department

Medina

Kenneth D.

Bills

Gahanna Police Department

Massillon

Justin S.

Clikity

Mansfield Police Department

Akron

Anthony D.

Dann

Springfield Police Department

Beavercreek

DeGerald L.

Edwards

Upper Arlington Police Department

Columbus

Carl M.

Festa

Wooster Police Department

Auburn, New York

Dustin L.

Gerdau

Cambridge Police Department

Cambridge

Jacob J.

Hogan

Mansfield Police Department

Mansfield

Trenton A.

Holbrook

Springfield Police Department

Springfield

Daniel R.

Jones

Upper Arlington Police Department

Grove City

Marcus A.

Loel

Centerville Police Department

Frankfort

Cody J.

McFall

Springfield Police Department

Springfield

Kevin D.

Miller

Springfield Police Department

Springfield

Kelly N.

Murnane

Ohio Investigative Unit

Hilliard

Lucas C.

Porter

Fairview Park Police Department

Portsmouth

Carla M.

Ragone

Medina Police Department

North Royalton

Devin C.

Ryan

Cambridge Police Department

Santa Cruz, California

Luke A.

Schwarz

Springfield Police Department

Springfield

Travis D.

Stantz

Mansfield Police Department

Mansfield

Heather M.

Swinehart

Mansfield Police Department

Bucyrus

Jordan J.

Vetomskie

Defiance Police Department

Medina

Nichole M.

Wells

Centerville Police Department

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jodie R.

Williams

Mansfield Police Department

Mansfield

 

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