Thirty Owens Community College students are to be honored for exemplary academic achievements as Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy holds a graduation ceremony Tuesday.
The special ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the college’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre at the college's main campus on Oregon Road, Perrysburg Township. The ceremony is open to the public.
Founded in 1970, the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is conducted with the cooperation of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.
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.
The 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. Also, graduates have completed the required number of law enforcement contact hours under the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.
In the graduating class from the day academy are Jordan Cramer of Liberty Center, Ryan Curry of Youngstown (sponsored by Youngstown Police Department), Brent Curtis of Bowling Green (sponsored by Wayne Police Department), Tyler Farkas of Williston, Cassius Hudson of Toledo, Donald Kreager Jr. of Woodville, Jonathan Penny of Toledo, Marcalis Quinones of Sylvania, Kyle Robison of Perrysburg, Andrew Rudnik of Avon Lake and Robin Valentine of Delta.
Graduates in the night academy are Kevin Benbow of Maumee, Mark Bratt of Toledo, Derrick Cox of Sylvania, Jay Dettmer of Bowling Green, Olivia Donbrosky of Delta, Anthony Grindstaff of Toledo (sponsored by Mercy Health Partners Public Safety Department), Jason Jaworski of Maumee, Thomas Killen Jr. of Maumee, Benjimin Kiser of Perrysburg, Nicholas Migliori of Woodville (sponsored by Mercy Health Partners Public Safety Department), Cynthia Moll of Toledo (sponsored by Haskins Police Department), Adam Petiniot of Maumee, Carl Ray Jr. of Toledo, Ryan Rowe of Toledo, Chad Siebeneck of Carey, Cory Sosbe of Northwood, Gary Stewart of Toledo, Joshua Tropf of Toledo and Matthew Zakrzewski of Lambertville, Mich.