The State Patrol’s 153rd Academy Class graduated Friday after 22 weeks of intense paramilitary training. The keynote address was provided by John Magaw, former Director of the U.S. Secret Service and a 1959 graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. Additional remarks were provided by Director Thomas Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent; and Captain Brigette Charles, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals.
Courses completed by the 153rd class included Core Values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, and self-defense. The cadets also received training in motor vehicle operations.
Trooper Brian Cowles of Poland (Ohio) was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.
Six of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Patrol Academy. The honorees were:
· Overall performance – Trooper Brian Cowles, Poland, Ohio
· Top performance in academics – Trooper Jeremiah Smith, Botkins, Ohio
· Top performance in driving – Trooper Timothy Shafer, Defiance, Ohio
· Top performance in firearms – Trooper Brent Hill, Franklin, Ohio and Jacob Morrison, Grove City, Ohio
· Top performance in physical fitness – Trooper Joshua Smith, Tiffin, Ohio
Additionally, the following cadets were recognized for their leadership. The honorees were: Tpr. Bryan Cox, Oak Hill, Ohio; Tpr. Derek Cummins, Cardington, Ohio; and Tpr. Corey Ross, Wilmington, Ohio.
Each of the commissioned troopers reported to their posts today. The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 37 of the Patrol’s 57 posts.
Many of the recent grads are serving at posts in West Central Ohio. They include:
Howard Robbins Jr. of Milford Center, Kristi Brogan of Hilliard, and Jacob Morrison of Grove City have been assigned to Marysville.
Jeremiah Smith of Botkins, Joseph Nartker of Anna, Jeffrey Evans of Marysville, and Brandon Chaney of Springfield are working at the Wapakoneta Post.
Jade Fown of Larue was assigned to Lima and Korey Robinson is serving in Norwalk.