New trooper joins Portsmouth OSHP post

March 14, 2013

FRank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

LUCASVILLE — The Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a new trooper last month. Trooper Quinn J. Dunn of Ross County, who joined the local post on Feb. 9, was one of 81 cadets who graduated from the 153rd Academy Class.

“Myself and the other troopers assigned to the Portsmouth Post are very pleased to have a new trooper assigned to the Portsmouth Post. Any time post personnel is increased, that is a good thing.” Lt. Karla Taulbee, Portsmouth Post Commander, said. “Trooper Dunn will go through roughly a 90-day coach period. Trooper Mike Newman has been assigned as Trooper Dunn’s coach. This will enable the new trooper to have hands on experience before being cut loose and start patrolling on his own.”

Taulbee said the Patrol’s 153rd Academy Class graduated today after 22 weeks of intense paramilitary training. The keynote address was provided by John W. Magaw, former Director of the U.S. Secret Service and a 1959 graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

Additional remarks were provided by Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Brigette Charles, Academy Commandant.

The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals. Courses completed by the 153rd class included core values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, and self-defense. The cadets also received training in motor vehicle operations.

Dunn is a 2007 graduate of Northwest High School. He resides in Ross County with his fiancée, Erica and two daughters, 5-month-old Haven and 10-year-old Haley.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.