12 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class


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Members of the 140th Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Friday afternoon (November 16) at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy. The 12 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 10 Ohio agencies.

The 22-week basic course began in June. 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 Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, was selected as class speaker by his fellow class members and addressed the assembly.

Class honors went to the following:

  • Overall Top Performer – Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
  • Top Academics – Nicholas W. Bohn, Zanesville Police Department
  • Top Firearms – Dylan R. Kelley, Marion Police Department
  • Top Physical Fitness – Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
  • Top Driving – Adam J. Castor, Cambridge Police Department

Patrick Oliver, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director, Criminal Justice Program, Cedarville University, was the featured speaker for the ceremony and addressed an audience of graduates, friends, relatives and law enforcement officers. Director John Born, Department of Public Safety and Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, provided remarks.

First Name, MI, Last Name, Agency

Victor M. Acosta Lorain Police Department

DelQuan V. Black Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

Nicholas W. Bohn Zanesville Police Department

Adam J. Castor Cambridge Police Department

Gregory T. Johnson Cambridge Police Department

Austin M. Johnston Mount Vernon Police Department

Dylan R. Kelley Marion Police Department

Eric A. Leasure Delaware Police Department

Seth M. Lingrell Urbana Police Department

Benjamin M. Meintel Wooster Police Department

Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

Erin A. Sugerik Lorain Police Department

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