Marion officer received top honor at Patrol Training Academy

Lt. Jamie Ralston (left) represented the Marion Police Department at the graduation ceremony of Officer Dylan Kelley (right).

Lt. Jamie Ralston (left) represented the Marion Police Department at the graduation ceremony of Officer Dylan Kelley (right).

Members of the 140th Basic Peace Officer Class, including one from Marion, received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy. The 12 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 10 Ohio agencies.

The 22-week basic course began in June. 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 Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, was selected as class speaker by his fellow class members and addressed the assembly.

Class honors went to the following:

  • Overall Top Performer – Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
  • Top Academics – Nicholas W. Bohn, Zanesville Police Department
  • Top Firearms – Dylan R. Kelley, Marion Police Department
  • Top Physical Fitness – Jesse A. Rodriquez Lipps, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
  • Top Driving – Adam J. Castor, Cambridge Police Department

Patrick Oliver, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director, Criminal Justice Program, Cedarville University, 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.

The following is a list of graduates and their agencies.

First Name, MILast NameAgency
Victor M.AcostaLorain Police Department
DelQuan V.BlackDelaware County Sheriff’s Office
Nicholas W.BohnZanesville Police Department
Adam J.CastorCambridge Police Department
Gregory T.JohnsonCambridge Police Department
Austin M.JohnstonMount Vernon Police Department
Dylan R.KelleyMarion Police Department
Eric A.LeasureDelaware Police Department
Seth M.LingrellUrbana Police Department
Benjamin M.MeintelWooster Police Department
Jesse A.Rodriquez LippsDelaware County Sheriff’s Office
Erin A.SugerikLorain Police Department
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