Twenty-eight Owens Community College students recently were honored for their exemplary academic achievements as new Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy graduates during a Basic Peace Officer Completion Ceremony.
Founded in 1970, the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy works with with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission. As part of the seven-month program, students take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics and criminal investigation using modern, high-tech police equipment. Participants receive instruction from local police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents.
Graduates become eligible for certification as an Ohio peace officer.
Agencies where Owens graduates have been employed include the Findlay, Fostoria, Maumee, Northwood, Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and Toledo police departments as well as Hancock County, Henry County, Lucas County, and Wood County sheriff’s departments.
Graduates are John Barkley of West Orange, N.J., Daniel Black of Bowling Green, Joshua Dix of Woodville, Lonnie Fosnight of Millbury, Matthew Gankosky of Toledo, Justin Halker of Columbus Grove, Cory Henson of Toledo, Justin Lambert of Toledo, Cody Pence of Toledo, Gustaro Perez of Toledo, Nathan Ramsey of Toledo, Jeffrey Russell of Holland, Andrew Sabo of Bowling Green, Daniel Shaferly of Tiffin, Jacob Spettle of Norwalk, Andrew Thomasson of Maumee, Lawrence Vanhooser of Perrysburg and William Watson III of Toledo.
Others are Vincent Cope of Toledo (sponsored by Mercy Health Partners Public Safety Department), Benjamin Cowell of Genoa, Dominic Goodell of Toledo, Shannon Heider of Oregon, Christina Herrera of Northwood, Jack Jacobs of Northwood (sponsored by Woodville Police Department), Maria Martinez of Toledo, Levi Pauli of Ottawa Lake, Mich., Andrew Peterman of Forest and Bryan Smith of Sylvania.