Isaac S. Chiles, who was sworn in as an officer of the Bellefontaine Police Department in August, has completed his academy training and will begin working with the department in the near future.
Officer Chiles was one of 23 members of the the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy’s 130th Basic Peace Officer Class that graduated Friday.
The 17-week course, which began in August, 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 and emergency vehicle operations.
This is the first class to utilize Ohio Casino Training funds to cover training costs for the training course, according to a statement by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Previously, individual law enforcement agencies were responsible for covering the costs of training officers.