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Tom Anger

Profile headshot of Tom Anger Tom joined OPOTA in November, 2017.  Originally from Chicago, Tom graduated from the University of Denver in 1999 and from John Marshall Law School in 2004.  Prior to moving to Ohio, Tom practiced as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Lake County, Illinois.  During his tenure there, he prosecuted criminal cases and also represented law enforcement in state and federal court.  Tom then became assistant city attorney for the City of Evanston, IL, where he continued representing law enforcement in court and provided legal advice and guidance to the police department and other city agencies.  Tom joined the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 2012 where he represented the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections as an AAG in the Criminal Justice Section/Corrections Litigation Unit. This representation involved Tom sitting as first chair in federal court jury trials.  Tom is also an Emergency Medical Technician and works part-time for a central Ohio EMS agency.  In addition to his duties at OPOTA, Tom has lectured at EMS and Tactical EMS courses at a central Ohio fire department, the National Tactical Officers’ Association annual conference, the Ohio Tactical Officers’ Association annual conference, and a private tactical medic training program held at the Ohio Fire Academy.

Contact: Thomas.Anger@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Ryan Born

Profile headshot of Ryan Born Ryan joined the OPOTA staff in October of 2012 after serving 7 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He spent all of his time as a trooper assigned to the Xenia Post in Greene County. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Wittenberg University. He is actively involved in all aspects of the driving program at OPOTA including new course development, vehicle management, simulators and instruction. He was invited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a subject matter expert to review course curriculum for driving. Ryan is a graduate of the Advanced Driving Instructor Training Program at FLETC where he attended the course in 2016. Ryan is also active in the Vehicle Stops program and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing program. Ryan has participated in basic academy curriculum review and instructor updates in these areas as well. He also assists in the basic academy refreshers in the area of traffic stops. He holds his commission with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office as a Special Deputy.

Contact: Ryan.Born@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Aja Chung

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Aja was hired by OPOTA in November 2016 as a Law Enforcement Training Officer.  She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2001. In 2006 Aja was hired by Pittsfield Township Police Department in Michigan where she worked for 10 years. At Pittsfield Twp. PD, she was assigned as a road patrol officer, was a field training officer and part of the community policing unit. For 5 years she worked at her police academy alma mater, Oakland Police Academy, as a defensive tactics and physical training instructor.

Contact: Aja.Chung@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Aaron Coey

Profile headshot of Aaron Coey Aaron joined OPOTA in 2011 after working in law enforcement for ten years. The majority of that time he worked as a deputy for a medium sized sheriff’s office in central Ohio. He has worked in a variety of roles that included corrections, patrol, and training. Aaron holds an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has taught basic training, in-service training, and college courses in criminal justice for several years in the central Ohio area. Aaron maintains his law enforcement commission with Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Aaron’s main duties within the Advanced Training Division at OPOTA include teaching courses in subject control, firearms, court security, corrections, and patrol tactics.

Contact: Aaron.Coey@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Kerry Curtis

Profile headshot of Kerry Curtis Kerry joined the OPOTA staff as a full-time instructor in 2004. He has been with the Attorney General’s Office for 15 years; eight years as an Environmental Investigator and seven years with the Peace Officer Training Commission as the Certification Officer for Peace Officer Basic Training. Kerry has an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Lima Technical College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University. Kerry’s primary responsibilities are teaching Instructional Skills and Homeland Security topics. He also assists in Firearms and Driving Courses. Kerry was appointed as a Special Deputy with the Auglaize and Madison County Sheriff’s Offices.

Contact: Kerry.Curtis@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Doug Daniels

Profile headshot of Doug Daniels Doug joined the OPOTA staff in 2000 as a full time instructor. Prior to joining the OPOTA staff, Daniels served 23 years with the Greenfield Police Department where he attained the rank of sergeant. His duties included patrol, investigations, juvenile and school truancy, shift supervisor, bike patrol supervisor/officer and in-service instructor. His teaching responsibilities include firearms, officer survival, chemical agents, and patrol tactics. He is a multi-certified Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) instructor and basic commander in Basic Peace Officer Training. He has taught in numerous academies in Ohio and several court officer courses outside of the state. Daniels served on a Bailiff Curriculum Committee and a Use of Force Committee and is recognized as a subject matter expert by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission in several law enforcement disciplines. Daniels is a member in good standing with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He has taught at three IALEFI Annual Training Conferences and one IALEFI Regional Conference. Daniels serves as a Special Deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: James.Daniels@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Ron Davitt

Profile headshot of Ron Davitt Ron joined the OPOTA staff in August 2008 after serving 16 years with the Steubenville, Reynoldsburg and Columbus Airport Authority police departments. Throughout his time with those departments, he served as a member of the honor guard, SWAT team, bike patrol, contract negotiation team, and as the department Training Coordinator. Ron has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from The Ohio State University, and served with the Army Reserve for 11 years. He also serves as a deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: Ronald.Davitt@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Gail DeWolf

Profile headshot of Gail DeWolf Gail joined the OPOTC staff as a Law Enforcement Training Officer/Training Coordinator in 2014. Gail’s primary responsibilities include curriculum development in basic programs which include the following:  Peace Officer Basic and Refresher, Corrections, Jailer, Bailiff, Probation, Parole, Humane Agent, and Private Security. Her section is committed to providing current and relevant content to state certified instructors.

Prior to becoming a training officer, Gail taught criminal justice courses at Kaplan College, and also served as a legal editor and student advisor for Themis Bar Review.  Her transition into instruction followed several years at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where, in the Ohio Crime Victims Services Section, she served as an Assistant Attorney General and later as Chief. While in the Crime Victims Services Section, Gail developed three statewide initiatives and worked toward their successful implementation, including the creation of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Identity Theft Verification Passport Program, which became a model for similar programs in other states.  She also was responsible for securing the participation of the State of Ohio’s 88 county sheriffs’ and prosecuting attorneys’ offices with the VINE (Victims Information and Notification Everyday) Program.

Gail holds a juris doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law and a master’s certificate in instructional design for organizations from Kaplan University.  She is a member of the Ohio Bar. 

Contact: Gail.DeWolf@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Wayne Dumolt

Profile headshot of Wayne Dumolt Prior to joining the OPOTA staff in 2013, Wayne became a law enforcement officer in 1992, working as a Police Officer with the New Concord Police Department. He then joined the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 and has served as a deputy in the Corrections and Patrol Divisions, as well as a SRT member and training officer, and currently serves as a Reserve Deputy.

Wayne was also a corrections and peace officer basic academy instructor for Zane State College and departments in south east Ohio

As a training officer for the Sheriff’s Office he has had opportunity to train officers from corrections, patrol, detectives, court security/bailiffs, probation, SRT/SWAT and public safety agencies in such areas as: Use of Force, Subject Control/Defensive Tactics, firearms, impact weapons, chemical aerosol weapons, TASER CEW, and scenario based training.

Currently Wayne is a member in good standing of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)

He currently instructs in Use of Force, Subject Control, Patrol and weapons based courses.

Contact: Wayne.Dumolt@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Mike Golec

Profile headshot of Mike Golec Mike joined the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy Advanced Training Division in 2013 after serving with the Goshen Township Police Department in Mahoning County, Ohio.   Along with serving as the department’s Lieutenant, in charge of the patrol and detective divisions, Mike was also the lead Firearm’s Instructor, Field Training Supervisor and Training Coordinator.  Mike developed and instructs in several advanced training courses including Scenario Based Training Instructor, Field Training Officer, Critical Survival Skills for the Patrol Officer and Counter-Ambush Tactics for Law Enforcement.  Mike is also assigned to the Scenario Training Equipment Program.  Mike is a certified Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission instructor and a basic commander in Basic Peace Officer Training. Mike holds his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.  Mike maintains his law enforcement commission with the Goshen Township Police Department as a part-time police officer.

Contact: Michael.Golec@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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James Green

Profile headshot of James Green James joined the OPOTA staff in December, 2013, after retiring from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office with 28 years of service. James is currently serving as a Special Deputy with Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. While with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, James served in the Corrections Bureau, Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Warrants Bureau, and was an Instructor at the Training Academy. He also served 19 years on the S.W.A.T. Team as an Operator, Sniper, and Assistant Team Leader. He also served on the Dive Team as a Diver.  

Contact: James.Green@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Joshua Grusendorf

Profile headshot of Joshua Grusendorf Joshua Grusendorf joined the OPOTA staff in October of 2016 after serving 13 years in law enforcement.  Joshua was hired in 2003 by the Maple Heights Police Department and worked in their patrol division for four years.  In 2007, he was hired at the Medina Police Department and spent the last 4 ½ years of his time there working in their Detective Bureau.  Joshua received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University in 2003.  He also received his Master Criminal Investigator and Master Evidence Technician certifications through OPOTA.  His primary assignment with OPOTA is as an Investigations Instructor in the Richfield Office.  

Contact: Joshua.Grusendorf@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Scott Mann

Profile headshot of Scott Mann Scott joined the OPOTA staff in June of 2013 after serving seven years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  He spent all of his time as a trooper assigned to the Xenia Post in Greene County.  Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Capital University.  Scott is a driving instructor and his primary focus is instruction in the mobile driving simulator.  He assists with  coordinating the Standard Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement courses.

Contact: Scott.Mann@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Lucinda McConnell

Profile headshot of Lucinda McConnell Lucinda jointed the OPOTA staff in October of 2013 as a legal instructor.   Before coming to OPOTA, she served as a juvenile delinquency Magistrate for the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.  Lucinda was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lorain County for six years in the juvenile and adult divisions.  She was an Adjunct Professor at Lorain County Community College where she taught Criminal Law and the Basic Police Academy.  Lucinda graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Ohio State University and received her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1998.  

Contact: Lucinda.McConnell@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Travis McCourt

Profile headshot of Travis McCourt Travis joined the OPOTA staff in January 2014, after serving nearly 11 years at Montville Township Police Department in Medina County.  During that time he held numerous positions including firearms instructor, K9 officer and member of Medina County’s OVI Task Force.  Travis was also a 8 year member of the Medina County Swat Team. Prior to joining the Montville Police Department he served 5 years as a park ranger for the Medina County Park District.  He holds an Associates Degree in Police Science from Hocking Collage and his primary assignment with OPOTA is as a Firearms Instructor for the Mobile Academy.

Contact: Travis.McCourt@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Richard Meadows

Profile headshot of Richard Meadows Richard Meadows joined the OPOTA – Advanced Training staff in May 2012. Richard is responsible for a majority of the evidence related classes at OPOTA.  The topics he is responsible for include crime scene processing, latent fingerprint development and identification, crime scene photography, evidence room management, and death investigation.  In this capacity, he writes curriculum for his subject areas based on national and accepted standards, contracts with guest instructors as needed, and teaches a majority of the classes in his assigned areas.

Richard retired in 2010 as a Detective with the Grove City Ohio Police Department due to an on duty injury.  Richard’s career started in law enforcement with the Columbus Police Department as a Police Communications Technician in 1995.  He was subsequently hired by the Grove City Police Department in 1996 and attended the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy for basic police training.  Richard spent 10 years as a General Investigator.  He conducted all types of criminal investigations but specialized in large scale “White Collar” crime investigations as well as crime scene processing and evidence collection.  During his time assigned as an Investigator, Richard spent 3 ½ years assigned to the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations where he served as the Assistant Task Force Director for the Multi-Jurisdictional Counterfeit Check Task Force where he led the task force to a Group Law Enforcement Award from the Ohio Attorney General in 2008.  After retiring in 2010, Richard accepted as position as a federal government contractor working for Forfeiture Support Associates as a Property Coordinator.  Richard was assigned to the Columbus Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  While assigned to ATF Richard worked to assure all of the property in the ATF evidence vaults and explosive bunkers in Ohio and Indiana was accounted for, inventoried, and disposed of properly.  Richard also assisted ATF at the scenes of search warrants to assure evidence was packaged properly and accounted for.

Richard completed his A.A.S. in Law Enforcement at Columbus State Community College along with his Master Criminal Investigator and Master Evidence Technician certifications through OPOTA. He also holds a Diploma of Forensic Science from the American Institute of Applied Science.

Contact: Richard.Meadows@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Bill Norton

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Bill Norton served as a Law Enforcement Training Officer with OPOTA from 1996 to 2010, returning to the office in 2017.  During the interim, he was a cyber specialist with the U. S. State Department’s Office of Antiterrorism Assistance.  At ATA, he managed delivery of cyber courses and participated in curriculum development and in-country assessment for partner nations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South America.

Prior to joining OPOTA, Bill retired as a lieutenant with the Springfield Police Division where he worked patrol, investigation, community relations, drugs, intelligence, and training.  At OPOTA, Bill helped create the digital imaging program, believed to be one of the first of its type in the nation, as well as the cyber training labs in both London and Richfield.  He has taught and presented at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Clark State Community College, and national and international conferences.  Bill has held general and product-specific certifications in data forensics, and was a coach in the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner program for five years for domestic and overseas students.   Bill is a charter member of the Defiance College digital forensics advisory board and has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Wright State University.

Contact: William.Norton@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Dan Ozbolt

Profile headshot of Dan Ozbolt Dan joined the OPOTA staff after as a Special Agent with the Federal Government, where he served for almost 30 years.  While working for the Feds, he specialized in undercover operations where he infiltrated Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, organizations advocating the overthrow of the United States, hate groups, street gangs, and various other criminal organizations.  He has conducted murder for hire investigations while in an undercover capacity, numerous drug investigations, and has been involved in long term infiltrations for up to two years at a time.  Dan has been a guest instructor on numerous occasions at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA, and has participated in the development of undercover curriculum for Federal Law Enforcement, State/Local Law Enforcement, and for foreign law enforcement entities allied with the United States.
Dan has been a guest speaker at various gang conferences throughout the country, and has represented the United States at a gang symposium at The Hague, Netherlands, where he was also a guest lecturer.  He has been an active participant in numerous gang related homicide investigations, and has participated in the planning and execution of numerous tactical operations to include search warrants, arrest warrants, and buy/busts.  Dan has testified as an expert witness in both Federal and State Courts.  He has received various awards, to include Distinguished Service Medals, Medal of Excellence, a Hostile Action Award, the International Narcotics Officer Association Medal of Valor, International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association Award, and was nominated for the nations “Top Cop” award.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio. 

Contact: Daniel.Ozbolt@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Dan Pastor

Profile headshot of Dan Pastor Dan came to OPOTA in July of 2013 after serving over 14 years with the Akron Police Department.  In addition to working in various Patrol divisions for Akron PD, Dan had responsibilities that included Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team, a SWAT Hostage Negotiator Team Leader and was an Executive Board Member of the Akron FOP Lodge #7.  Prior to the police department, Dan served in the United States Navy as a Shipboard Training Officer.  Dan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron.  Dan joins other staff members as OPOTA’s Richfield Advanced Training Division as a mobile academy instructor where he specializes in Driving instruction.

Contact: Daniel.Pastor@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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John Reedy

Profile headshot of John Reedy John Reedy joined the OPOTC staff as a Law Enforcement Training Officer/Instructional Designer in 2012. John’s primary responsibilities include curriculum development in basic programs which include the following:  Peace Officer Basic and Refresher, Corrections, Jailer, Bailiff, Probation, Parole, Humane Agent, and Private Security.  His section is committed to providing current and relevant content to state certified instructors. Before transferring to the Education and Policy Section, John served in Advanced Training where he travelled the state delivering force simulation training.

John retired after 25 years of service as a Lieutenant in 2012 from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio where his duties included the administration of the county communication center, training coordinator, accreditation administrator, grant administrator, and internal affairs coordinator. He served sixteen years as a patrol officer with eight of those as a Sergeant. John has commanded multiple State Correction Academies as well as worked with the VERA Institute of Justice on Law Enforcement policy development as related to limited English speaking persons and has instructed for CALEA on that subject matter. 

Prior to serving at the Sheriff’s Office John was contracted to conduct undercover drug and theft investigations in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. John has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Clark State Community College. John serves as a Reserve Deputy with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: John.Reedy@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Andrew Russell

Profile headshot of Andrew Russell Andrew joined the OPOTA staff in October 2012 after serving 19 years as an officer with the Lancaster Police Department.  Andrew served fifteen years on the Special Response Team, where he started as an operator and then later as a sniper. He was then assigned as the team leader and primary trainer prior to being promoted to the SRT commander. Prior to Lancaster, Andrew served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police officer for 4 years, with most of the time spent in and around Central America, working as a Close Protection Officer or Special Response Team member.  Andrew is also an active student and instructor in the Bujinkan Dojo and earned his 5th degree black belt in 2007. He holds his law enforcement commission with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently a member in good standing with the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA).

Contact: Andrew.Russell@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Eric Schaefer

Profile headshot of Eric Schaefer Eric Schaefer joined the OPOTC staff as a Law Enforcement Training Officer/Training Coordinator in 2012.  Eric’s primary job responsibilities include curriculum development in basic programs which include the following: Peace Officer Basic and Refresher, Corrections, Jailer, Bailiff, Probation, Parole, Humane Agent, and Private Security. Eric also serves as a commander for Corrections Basic Training academies. 

He has 14 years of law enforcement experience which includes positions as a probation officer and deputy sheriff.  He began his career working for Clark County  Juvenile Court in 2001 and eventually transitioned to the Sheriff’s Office in 2007.  Eric received Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University in 1999 and 2002, respectively.  Eric serves as a Reserve Deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: Eric.Schaefer@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Joel Seibert

Profile headshot of Joel Seibert Joel joined the OPOTA staff in July 2013.  He has 14 years of law enforcement experience.  He has worked for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer, a Corrections Sergeant, and Corrections Academy Commander in Training.  His duties included New Recruit Training, Professional Development, Curriculum design, In-Service training for front line Officers, and being a member / instructor for the Corrections Emergency Response Team.  Outside of Corrections, Joel has taught for numerous academies, agencies, and social programs instructing courses such as; report writing, subject control, first aid, fitness and wellness, and women’s self-defense programs.

Contact: Joel.Seibert@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Sarah Shendy

Profile headshot of Sarah Shendy Prior to accepting a job with the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Sarah Shendy was employed with the Copley Police Department since December of 2008. Before her career with Copley Township, she worked corrections for Cuyahoga County. While at Copley Police, Sarah taught the DARE program for 6 years for the Copley-Fairlawn Schools. She also participated in other community oriented events such as Shop With A Cop and drug education for parents and teachers via the Hidden in Plain Site program. In 2012, Sarah designed a training class that was geared to educate law enforcement and other public service employees on interacting with the Middle Eastern population. The class included a large segment on the Muslim religion. In 2014, Sarah was one of sixteen members elected by AG Mike DeWine to serve on a panel evaluating the training, certification, and advancement of law enforcement officers in the State of Ohio. Sarah also served as the department's Terrorism Liaison Officer. Sarah earned a bachelors and master's degree in criminal justice with a background in global issues and juvenile justice. 

Contact: Sarah.Shendy@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Joe Sidoti

Profile headshot of Joe Sidoti Joe joined the OPOTA staff in July of 2013 after working eleven years as a patrolman with Akron Police Department.   In addition to his patrol duties, Joe was a member of the SWAT team for nine years and a sniper for six years.  He took an active role in SWAT and sniper training, and was also an FTO and Taser recertification instructor for the Akron Police Department.  Prior to joining the police force, Joe served as a sniper in 1st Ranger Bn.  In 2009, Joe completed his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Akron.  For the Advanced Training Division, Joe has developed and instructed in numerous courses with an emphasis on firearms and scenario-based training.    

Contact: Joseph.Sidoti@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Chris Skinner

Profile headshot of Chris Skinner Chris joined the OPOTA staff in November of 2014.  He has 20 years of law enforcement experience all with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.  During his time there he served as a patrol deputy, DARE officer, patrol Sergeant, and also served as the agency’s PIO.  His instructional experience includes being an SFST instructor.  Chris’ primary assignment at OPOTA is as a Mobile Academy firearms simulator instructor.  He currently serves as a Special Deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: Christopher.Skinner@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Sean Smith

Profile headshot of Sean Smith Sean joined the OPOTA staff in January of 2015, after serving over 9 years with the City of Uhrichsville Police Department.  During his tour of duty, Sean was promoted to Sergeant and became the 2nd Shift Supervisor.  Sean also served as an operator for the department’s tactical team, completing Basic S.W.A.T., Active Shooter, and Breaching Training through Tactical Defense Training.  While serving the community of Uhrichsville, Sean was awarded the M.A.D.D. Outstanding Service Award (Tuscarawas County) for two consecutive years, and was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Meritorious Service Award in October of 2014.  Sean was also employed by Buckeye Career Center where he taught in both the Peace Officer Basic and Private Security Academies as a Subject Control and SFST instructor.

Sean attended Hocking College where he obtained his Associate’s Degree in the Applied Science of Police Science and is currently earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Forensic Psychology.  

Contact: Sean.Smith@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Micah Stoll

Profile headshot of Micah Stoll Micah joined the OPOTA staff in May 2013. He was a police officer in Illinois for 10 years with the Rochester Police Department and served on the Sangamon County Tactical Response Unit.  He graduated from Illinois College with a degree in history/political science.  Micah’s primary responsibility at OPOTA is a Mobile Academy Firearms Simulator Instructor.  He also instructs rapid deployment, first responder and defensive tactics at the London-Main campus.

Contact: Micah.Stoll@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Ronald Thayer

Profile headshot of Ronald Thayer Ronald retired from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and joined the OPOTA staff as a guest instructor in 2004. Thayer became a full time instructor in 2008 and teaches and coordinates courses in traffic crash investigation and commercial vehicle investigation and enforcement. Thayer graduated from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. Thayer is a certified and accredited Traffic Crash Reconstructionist and he has instructed courses in traffic enforcement and traffic crash investigation throughout the state of Ohio since 1998.

Contact: Ronald.Thayer@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Sarah Thomas

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Sarah joined the OPOTC staff as a Law Enforcement Training Officer in 2010.  Sarah’s primary job responsibilities include Firearms and Scenario Based Training.  She also has experience in curriculum development in basic programs which include the following: Peace Officer Basic and Refresher, Corrections, Jailer, Bailiff, Probation, Parole, Humane Agent, and Private Security. She instructs basic and advanced training on various topics including scenario based training, firearms, First Aid/CPR, and fire safety.

Previous to this position, she was a Protection Ranger with the National Park Service in Baker, Nevada. In that position, she provided law enforcement services, emergency medical services, and search and rescue services.

Sarah attended Bowling Green State University and majored in Environmental Science. Sarah serves as a Special Deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact: Sarah.Thomas@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Mike Torres

Profile headshot of Mike Torres Mike joined OPOTA in the summer of 2016 after working seven years in law enforcement. The majority of that time was spent working for the Brunswick Hills Township Police Department.  While at BHPD, Mike served as a firearm, less lethal impact munitions, chemical munitions, distraction device munitions, and OC aerosol instructor for the department. In addition to his instructor responsibilities, he was also a field training officer for the department. Mike has attained a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Training.

Contact: Michael.Torres@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Scott Whatley

Profile headshot of Scott Whatley Scott joined the OPOTA staff in October of 2012 after serving 10 years with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.  He spent the majority of his time in the Patrol Division as a road Deputy, FTO, as well as working with the Child Support Enforcement Agency of Delaware County.  He has also worked as a dispatcher for the City of Marysville, and the Village of Cardington as a Police Officer.  Scott attended Tiffin University and majored in Forensic Psychology.  Scott is actively involved in all aspects of the driving program including new course development, vehicle management, simulators, and instruction.  He is also active in the Stops and Approaches program, Field Training Program, and undercover operations.  Scott has been invited to be a subject matter expert for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to review course curriculum for driving.   In 2016 he attended FLETC and is a graduate of their Law Enforcement Advanced Driver Instructor Training Program. 

Contact: Scott.Whatley@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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Jerry Zacharias

Profile headshot of Jerry Zacharias Jerry joined the OPOTA staff in 2008. Prior to joining OPOTA, he served 15 years with the Marion City Police Department, in the patrol division and as a member the department SRT. Since 2000 he had taught self defense tactics and firearms at the Marion Technical College basic police academy. He also completed a civilian police training mission in Iraq in 2005. He received a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University in 2008. He has attended advance training at OPOTA, FLETC and the H & K International training division. He is currently a member in good standing with the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI).

Contact: Jerry.Zacharias@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

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