Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Terri Mikesh named commander of Southern Ohio Police Training Institute

Terri Mikesh has been named commander of the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective May 1. She has a rich background in law enforcement, as both a professional and as an educator.

Since 1993, Mikesh has been a trooper, trooper-canine handler and canine training sergeant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) at the Chillicothe Post, Jackson District Headquarters, and General Headquarters in Columbus. She graduated first in her OSHP Academy class in 1993, and she retired in 2015.

Her work as a trooper-canine handler was recognized with a Trooper Recognition Award from the Jackson District three times, a statewide award in 2010 and the Criminal Patrol Award annually from 2005 through 2010.

As the canine training sergeant, she oversaw the statewide canine training program.  In this newly-created role, she also was actively involved in policy and program development to support the canine unit during a period of growth from 18 to 33 handlers in Ohio.

Further, she has served as an adjunct faculty member in OU-C’s Law Enforcement Technology program since 2005.

Mikesh earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in sport administration from Iowa State University. She holds professional certifications from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission as a unit instructor in the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Program, and as a patrol related and special purpose canine evaluator.

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Southern Ohio Police Training Institute was launched in 1995 and recently graduated its 40th class of cadets. In all, approximately 675 cadets have graduated from the program.

The academy serves as an important community resource in ensuring that individuals who work for area agencies have the best training and, therefore, are qualified to provide the highest quality of service to area communities.

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