CIRCLEVILLE – A local Ohio State Highway Patrol Retiree was recently recognized for receiving an annual award as the 2017 Southern District of Ohio Court Security Officer of the Year. Retired Trooper David K. Mills retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2015 after over 30 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ohio, and currently resides in Pickaway County. In March 2016, Mr. Mills started his employment with the 6th Judicial Circuit as a Court Security Officer at the Columbus Bankruptcy Courthouse building.
Mr. Mills was nominated for this award by his supervisor after his vigilance and alertness led to an arrest during the course of his duties. On July 6, 2017, Mr. Mills observed a young male subject loitering around an undercover agent’s parked vehicle. With his attention drawn to the suspicious activity, Mr. Mills witnessed the individual enter the undercover vehicle through the driver’s side door. Mr. Mills immediately radioed to summon the Columbus Police Department, and responded to begin to confront the individual. Mr. Mills continued to conduct surveillance on the individual at a safe distance until the Columbus Police Department arrived on scene. Because of Mr. Mills’ alertness and attention to detail, they were able to quickly locate and arrest the individual without further incident. It was subsequently determined that the individual had an outstanding arrest warrant for parole violations. This nomination was submitted among others and Retired Trooper Mills was awarded with this prestigious award