PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Thirty Owens Community College students will be honored for their exemplary academic achievements as new Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy graduates during a Basic Peace Officer Completion Ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
The special ceremonies will occur at 7 p.m. in the College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The College’s Basic Peace Officer Training Academy graduation is open to the public.
“Owens Community College is proud to continue its collaboration with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission and recognize these 30 individuals for their educational accomplishment,” said Robert Albright, Owens Academic Program Chair of Criminal Justice and Emergency Management. “Our nation would not experience freedom and safety as we know it without each graduate’s decision to pursue a career in public service.”
Founded in 1970, the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is offered in cooperation with 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.
Following successful completion of the College’s Basic Peace Officer Training Academy, Owens 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.
Local law enforcement agencies where Owens graduates have been employed include the Findlay Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lucas County Sheriff’s Department, Maumee Police Department, Northwood Police Department, Perrysburg City Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Sylvania City Police Department, Sylvania Township Police Department, Toledo Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.
Owens police academy graduates have completed the required number of law enforcement contact hours set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.
The College’s Toledo-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Day Academy graduates 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.
Owens students graduating from the Toledo-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Night Academy include 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.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.