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For Immediate Release: June 13, 2014
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduates

Columbus - The second Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduated 33 law enforcement leaders today after 11- weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The training was hosted at the Patrol’s Training Academy and was offered at no cost to agencies by using casino tax revenue that was distributed to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services for the purpose of supporting law enforcement training efforts.

During today’s ceremony, Colonel Paul A. Pride, superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol provided remarks and Lt. Colonel Joseph C. Shusko, United States Marine Corps. (Ret.), addressed the graduates.

Graduates received 10 semester hours of academic credit, along with a certificate in Senior Leadership through The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The specialized curriculum completed by the graduates was part of a carefully managed course with content in the areas of leadership and ethics; interpersonal and organizational communication; public management; organizational culture and ethics; human resources management; budgeting; and organizational behavior in law enforcement.

In addition, graduates also attended enrichment discussions, which were executive level development seminars presented by distinguished speakers, on such topics as leadership lessons learned while under adverse conditions, inspiration and courage, and stress management.

“Investing in Ohio’s future leaders is critical to the safety and security of our state, said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “The Public Safety Leadership Academy is an investment in Ohio’s law enforcement leaders so they may go forward in their careers and continue to lead others.”

Graduates spent a week in Washington D.C. attending the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum law enforcement course, learning about various leadership styles from Marine Corp Base instructors, and visiting other important sites that helped shape our Nation’s leaders. 

As part of a community outreach effort, graduates spent time volunteering with Life Care Alliance, passing out food and loading trucks. They also volunteered time with Lower Lights Ministries working with children in the Franklinton area of Columbus, working on houses and serving dinner at Rachel’s House. 


Graduate Name                                              Department
Captain Dan Arwood                                          Fairborn Police Dept.    
Captain Larry Bamfield, Jr.                                 Chillicothe Police Dept.
Lieutenant Paul Beiser                                        West Chester Police Dept.
Lieutenant Leslie Brode                                      Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Tod Cheney                                          Pickerington Police Dept.
Sergeant Scott Dahlgren                                      Sandusky Police Dept.
Lieutenant David Daugherty                                Hamilton Co. Sheriff’s Office
Captain Jeffrey Fiorita                                        Beavercreek Police Dept.
Sergeant John Grebb                                          Whitehall Police Dept.
Lieutenant Gurjit Grewal                         Ohio State Highway Patrol
Captain Eric Grile                                              Beavercreek Police Dept.
Lieutenant Anton Haberkorn                                Parma Police Dept.
Lieutenant Douglas Hamman                               Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Christopher Heverly                           Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Steven Holcomb                                    Fairborn Police Dept.
Captain Brian Kapple                                          Ohio University Police Dept.
Sergeant Edward Kinney                                     Medina Police Dept.
Lieutenant Matthew Linscott                                Medina Co Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Mark Nichols                                     Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Douglas Olmstead                                 Grove City Police Dept. 
Sergeant Michael Prall                                        Greene Co. Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Chief of Police Daniel Rannebarger          Genoa Township Police Dept.
Sergeant Kevin Ross                                           Medina Co. Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Thomas Siedlecki                               Parma Police Dept.
Lieutenant Carlos Smith                                      Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Ronald Springer                                 Stark Co. Sheriff’s Office
*Commander Robert Strausbaugh             Columbus Division of Police
Lieutenant Robert Tarro                                      Parma Police Dept.
Asst. Agent In Charge Shawn Tatter                    Ohio Investigative Unit
Sergeant Scott Tkach                                          Mentor Police Dept.
Lieutenant Mychal Turner                                   Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Paul Weiner                                       Columbus Division of Police
Sergeant Todd Zeija                                            Medina Township Police Dept

* Denotes Class Speaker


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