22 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

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For immediate Release: June 26, 2018
Contact: Sergeant Tiffiany Meeks (614) 752-2792

22 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

COLUMBUS - Members of the 139th Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Tuesday afternoon at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy. The 22 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 16 Ohio agencies.

The 22-week basic course began in January. 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 Vincent D. Piccoli, Medina Police Department, was selected as class speaker by his fellow class members and addressed the assembly. 

Class honors went to the following:
Overall Top Performer – Kyle R. Wilson, North Olmstead Police Department
Top Academics – Kyle R. Wilson, North Olmstead Police Department
Top Firearms – Mark T. Dickinson, Brecksville Police Department
Top Physical Fitness – Kyle R. Wilson, North Olmstead Police Department
Top Driving – Justin P. Byrd, Mason Police Department 

Chief of Police Heinz von Eckartsberg, Dublin Police Department, 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. Colonel Pride presented the certificates of training to the graduates. 

Editor’s note: Pages 1 and 2 contains a complete list of graduates and their agencies. 

First Name, MI               Last Name             Agency

Justin P.                            Byrd                        Mason Police Department

Faith J.D.                         Combs                     Marion Division of Police

Mellison M.                     Davis                       Bexley Police Department

Christian D.                     Dekker                    West Chester  Police Department

Mark T.                            Dickinson                Brecksville Police Department

Hannah M.                       Evans                      Reynoldsburg Police Department

Caleb J.                            Harper                     Greenville Police Department

Adrienne L.                      Horlacher                 Elyria Police Department

Meredith M.                     Hotchkiss                 Springdale Police Department

Steven T.                          Kocol                       Centerville Police Department

Geovanny                        Mercado                   Springfield Police Department

Major R.                          Miller                       West Chester Police Department

Zachary J.                        Parker                      Centerville Police Department

Vincent D.                       Piccoli                     Medina Police Department

Mitchell H.                     Schambs                  Reynoldsburg Police Department

Evan R.                           Scherer                    Medina Police Department

Nathan C.                       Viets                         Bedford Police Department

Christopher G.               Wade                        Medina Police Department

John M.                         Werner                      Mason Police Department

Brentten M.                   Wiley                         Blue Ash Police Department

Kyle R.                        Wilson                       North Olmstead Police Department

Gregor S.                     Zingarelli                   Lancaster Police Department

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