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Ross County Deputy Graduates from Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class


Columbus, OH – Ariana J. Williamson, representing the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, was among the 44 graduates of the 150th Basic Peace Officer Class. The graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.

The 21-week intensive training program, which started in February, included comprehensive instruction in over 150 subjects, such as criminal law, traffic law, community relations, physical training, self-defense, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, standardized field sobriety testing, and electronic speed measuring devices. This course meets and exceeds the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission’s requirements and is recognized for its excellence by the Ohio Attorney General as a “STAR-certified” academy.

Jonathan Shih of the Bexley Police Department was chosen by his peers to be the class speaker and addressed the assembly. Class honors were awarded to the following individuals:

  • Overall Top Performer: Stephen M. Moore, Bay Village Police Department
  • Top Academics: Jonathan Shih, Bexley Police Department
  • Top Firearms: Stephen J. Shafer, Mansfield Division of Police
  • Top Physical Fitness: Korban B. Bradshaw, Mentor Police Department
  • Top Driving: Troy R. Sutliff, Twinsburg Police Department

Chief Jay McDonald of the Marion Police Department was the featured speaker, delivering an inspiring address to the graduates, their families, and fellow law enforcement officers. Remarks were also made by Ohio Department of Public Safety Chief of Staff Benjamin B. Suver and Colonel Charles A. Jones, Patrol Superintendent.

Ariana J. Williamson’s graduation marks a significant achievement for the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, reflecting their commitment to maintaining a highly trained and professional law enforcement team.

Other notable graduates from around our area:

Cole A.WilliamsLancaster Police Department
Kyle M.PicardWashington Court House Police Department