The Ohio State Highway Patrol held a graduation ceremony for 46 cadets this week at the Patrol’s Training Academy.
The Patrol’s 150th Academy Class graduated after 29 weeks of rigorous law enforcement training. The keynote address was made by Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder. Additional remarks were provided by Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent; Capt. Robert W. Markowski, Academy commandant; Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals; and the Rev. Richard D. Ellsworth, Ohio State Highway Patrol chaplain. All addressed the graduates and presented their commissions and certificates of training.
Courses completed by the 150th class included firearms, traffic and criminal laws, self-defense, human relations and crash investigation training. Cadets also drove on the performance track at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in London.
Trooper Juan R. Santiago, Jr. of Lorain, Ohio, was selected class speaker and thanked the academy and the families of the cadets for being so supportive during their training. Each of the commissioned troopers reported to their posts on Monday, May 2. 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 20 of the Patrol’s 55 posts.
Local cadets graduating in this year’s class include Jodi E. Bowlen of Austintown who will serve at the Bucyrus Post and Daniel L. DeLuca of Boardman who will serve at the Mansfield Post.