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December 18, 2017

Clark State Police Academy Holds Graduation Ceremony in January

MEDIA CONTACT: Laurie Means | Executive Director, Marketing | 937.328.6145

Clark State Community College will hold a graduation ceremony for cadets of the Peace Officer Training Academy at 6 p.m. on January 4, 2018, in the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center, 275 South Limestone Street. The graduates represent the second class of cadets to complete training in the new facility located in the Brinkman Educational Center in downtown Springfield.

“The new facility has made vast improvements with our ability to teach the cadets all the various aspects of the police academy,” said Paul Weber, commander of the Clark State Police Academy.

The new facility features a Subject Control/Physical Fitness Center with improved training equipment and space and additional physical fitness training equipment. The new academic room includes additional space, computer desks and better equipment for an improved classroom atmosphere. A new Practical Training room is used for practical (hands-on) training for domestic violence, crime scene, DUI enforcement training and Milo System training (weapons scenario-based system to train officers in the use of force). 

Weber said Clark State is sending well-trained cadets into the workforce, and he is confident they will make excellent police officers. He said the Clark State Peace Officer Training Academy receives notifications on a weekly basis from various police departments, sheriff departments and the Ohio State Highway Patrol seeking applicants for law enforcement officers.

“Clark State’s Police Academy strives to develop young men and women to prepare them for their future careers,” said Weber. “The support we receive from the college administration and the staff of highly qualified instructors allows us to better prepare future law enforcement officers to serve the communities where we live.”

Clark State will offer an evening Peace Officer Training Academy beginning January 8 from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A daytime Peace Officer Training Academy will begin March 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and includes several weekends for on-and-off-site training. 

Interested students should visit Clark State’s Police Academy office in the Brinkman Educational Center in downtown Springfield to pick up and complete the required OPOTA application and other required forms. A candidate is then required to pass a physical assessment test, a physical, a drug screen, and be finger printed for a BCI background check at the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.

Clark State offers four peace officer training academies each year—four-month daytime academies and six-month evening academies are each held twice a year. Each academy is limited to 25 cadets. Cadets must be 21 years of age at the time they take the state certification exam. Cadets must also have a valid Ohio driver’s license, a high school diploma or GED equivalent and cannot have any felony or violent misdemeanor convictions.

Police Academy Graduates

Bellefontaine
Jayde R. Sheeley

Dayton
Andrew M. Thompson
Ashley M. Yannekis

Enon
Ryan L. Williams

Grove City
Codie N. Robinson

Kettering
Holly M. Lyttle

Lakeview
Jacob T. Boyd

Lewisburg
Isaiah H. Ballard

Marion
Andrew P. Troiano

Mechanicsburg
Miranda Dunham

New Lebanon
Joseph A. Taulbee

Springboro
Michael A. Bay

Springfield
Hassan D. Chilton
Kayleigh R. Cochran
Trent J. Davis
Kyle A. Myers
Beau J. Ray
Christopher D. Slusser
Holly T. Thompson
Matthew T. Viol

South Vienna
Matthew R. Seibold

Tipp City
Kayleigh B. Marshall

Urbana
Vanessa K. Lynn

West Liberty
Jacob B. Fisher
William C.D. Wilson