Officer John Dixon was sworn into the Portsmouth Police Department (PPD) on Wednesday. Dixon was sworn in by Derek Allen, Portsmouth City Manager, and Chief of PPD, Robert Ware, II.
Dixon is a Marshall University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He previously worked as a social service worker for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dixon has resided in Portsmouth for the last four years. He and his wife, Mandy, have three children. I am very pleased to welcome the Dixons to the law enforcement family.
Ware said he is happy to have Dixon as the newest member or PPD.
“”I am happy to present to you the newest member of the Portsmouth Police Department. Originally from Beckley, West Virginia,” Ware said. “Law enforcement is an extremely rewarding, but increasingly demanding career. In order to meet these demands, we must recruit, hire, and train the best and brightest to don the badge; men and women who are committed to excellence, dedicated to providing the highest level of professional service and understanding of the needs of our community.
“Understanding is best achieved when the whole of our department reflects the diversity of those we serve. Each of us views the world around us through a different lens. That lens is shaped and formed by our These experiences can differ based upon gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and education level. So, I am excited that we are able to further diversify the ranks with the hiring of a young man of such high caliber.”
“As a Police Recruit, Dixon is about to begin some of the most demanding basic peace officer training. He will begin training on Monday as a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy’s 136th Basic Peace Officer Training Class, conducted at the OSHP Training Academy in Columbus,” Ware said.
According to the Academy website, the Basic Peace Officer curriculum meets all the required standards for basic law enforcement training in Ohio. The students are provided with quality instruction in all subject matters prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
Additional advanced training is provided in several subject areas critical to the successful job performance of the modern law enforcement officer. A special emphasis is placed on human relations training and on developing the officer’s most frequently used skills. Experts in the many fields of criminal justice are brought to the Academy to present qualified instruction in their critical subject areas, according to Ware.
Every officer is given specialized instruction in emergency vehicle operations, firearms proficiency and safety, self-defense tactics, physical conditioning, standardized field sobriety testing and electronic speed measuring devices.
The training class is expected to conclude on Jan. 6, 2017. At which time Dixon will receive his commission as a certified Ohio Peace Officer through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The second phase of his training will be an extensive period of field training under the guidance of experienced officers in the Field Training Officer (FTO) program. That phase is expected to last into the spring of 2017.
Officer Dixon, said he is elated about serving on the Portsmouth Police Department.
“I am very excited to get really started and work within the community. I have always been very involved in the community that I have lived in, especially when I was living in Huntington, West Virginia, and graduated from Marshall University. I am originally from Southern West Virginia near Beckley,” Officer Dixon said. “I am really excited about getting involved in this community, and to get to know the community and to try to make a difference and work together, and all of us work together.”
Dixon said he has always had an affinity for the field of law enforcement.
“I have always been attracted to law enforcement. I feel like it is an area that picks you. You either have it, or you don’t,” Officer Dixon said. “I just felt that it was something that I wanted to do, I wanted to work with people, and be a servant for the people.”
He said his parents, Maxine and Ronald Epps, instilled great values in him from his childhood.
“I have lived with my parents my whole life. They raised me up in the right way, and gave me a set of rules, morals, and values to follow that I am passing on to my family,” Officer Dixon said. “It is important that as we live our lives every day, that people see those morals and values that my parents passed on to me.”
Portsmouth City Manager Derek Allen, said he is excited about welcoming Dixon, and to have the PPD fully staffed with 44 officers.
“I am excited that we are fully-staffed again. It is my commitment to keep our police department fully staffed,” Allen said. “I am excited about officer Dixon’s qualifications, and I look forward having him full-time on the Portsmouth Police Department.
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