Edison State students complete police training

PIQUA — Edison State Community College’s Peace Officer Academy honored twelve students on June 12 following their successful completion of the 21-week program.

Students of the program met for six days each week since January, totaling over 680 hours of training. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

“This group of cadets gelled very quickly, supporting and encouraging each other along the way,” said Joseph Mahan, Basic Peace Officer Academy Commander. “I wish them the best in seeking their dream of becoming a law enforcement officer and their willingness to serve and protect.”

Edison State offered the first Basic Peace Officer Academy in 2003 and the class that completed academic requirements this spring was from the thirty-fourth academy. Throughout its fourteen-year history, the program has graduated 442 students.

“Many students have become officers throughout the region, though they are certified to seek an officer position anywhere in the State of Ohio,” said Mahan.

Academy students can continue their education at Edison State and earn an associate’s degree by taking classes on campus or online. Those who have successfully completed the police officer academy will prepare to take their state certification exam on June 26.

For more information about the upcoming academy, contact Veronica French at vfrench@edisonohio.edu or 937-778-7865. Those interested in entering the academy must be 21 years of age and eligible to own a weapon.

Spring 2017 Police Officer Academy students who successfully completed credit hour requirements:

Arcanum: Dorothy Stringer; Brookville, IN: Kurt Boan, Eaton: Michael Morgan, Greenville: Erica Cook, Douglas Hufford, Huber Heights: Kyle Fogel, New Carlisle: Justin Jenks, New Madison: Adam Crumley, Sidney: Troy Hurst, Troy: Joseph Ma, Kevin Wagner, James Wright.