COLUMBUS — Members of the 129th Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates in a graduation ceremony held Friday morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, including a new patrolman with the Mount Vernon Police Department.
Zachary C. Miller is one of 10 graduates who will assume duties as peace officers for eight Ohio agencies.
The 17-week basic course began in March. 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, and emergency vehicle operations.
Officer Jack A. Darnell, Parma Heights Police Department, was selected class speaker by his fellow class members and addressed the assembly.
Class honors went to the following: Overall Top Performer – Ryan C. Butler, Mentor Police Department; Top Academic – Jack A. Darnell, Parma Heights Police Department; Top Firearms – Morgan P. LeBerth, Lancaster Police Department; Top Physical Training – Edward A. Short, Lima Police Department; Top Driving – Adam B. Sloan, Parma Heights Police Department.
Chief Steven J. Sarver, of the Newark Division of Police was the featured speaker for the ceremony and addressed an audience of graduates, friends, relatives and law enforcement officers. Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent, provided remarks and presented the certificates of training to the graduates.