Retired judge to teach

Lane accepts job at WSCC

Away from the bench and in front of a classroom in less than six months, a recently retired judge is putting his three decades of experience into the hands of the next generation of law enforcement.

Judge Ed Lane, who served as a Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge until the end of 2016, is joining the ranks of instructors at Washington State Community College to begin teaching legal classes in the upcoming Peace Officer Basic Academy program.

“The school approached me and I see it as an opportunity to share my experience, training and education with the next education,” said Lane. “It’s selfish not to share your knowledge so I want to help them have an understanding and respect for our Constitution and be prepared to make arrests that will stick.”

Lane, who served as common pleas court judge from 1992 to 2016 and before that served as municipal court judge from 1986 to 1992, said he wanted to join the college because of the respect he has for the institution.

“I’ve seen so many people given a second chance at Washington State that I really respect the college,” he said. “And this is truly a wonderful program to join, especially now that the students get college credit that they can take on to get an associates degree in criminal justice.”

Program director John Burdette said the addition of Lane will also give his students a leg up in job prospects after graduation.

“We are delighted to have the addition to our bevy of great instructors,” he said. “This is not only a big benefit to our program but is equally a big benefit to the cadets, the hiring agencies and the community as a whole.”

For the last four academies, the program has boasted a 100 percent pass rate on the state certification test and greater than 85 percent job placement rate for the same period.

“Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings and Assistant Prosecutor Alison Cauthorn had taught the legal classes but Kevin’s caseload has gotten so heavy it seemed to be a good shift,” said Lane. “I’m really excited to be a part of it.”

Lane said his classes will focus on the building blocks of a warrant, steps to build an airtight arrest and a general focus on Ohio criminal law.

The next POBA academy is set to begin May 11 but before new cadets begin their first course, they are required by the state to pass a physical fitness test.

“While it’s inconvenient to meet with me and take a physical fitness test before you’re actually enrolled in the program, ultimately, it saves the student money,” explained Burdette.

Previously, students weren’t given the physical fitness portion of the course until the end of the program. Those who were unable to pass the physical fitness portion failed the program, with no tuition or fees refund.

Additional information about program is available by contacting Burdette at 740-374-8716, ext. 1540 or  jburdette1@wscc.edu.

At a glance

Requirements for admittance into the Washington State Community College  Peace Officer Basic Academy:

¯ Background check: Pass a criminal background check via the National Web check system within 90 days of the start of the academy.

¯ Drug Screening: Submit to a five-panel drug screen within 90 days of the start date of the school.

¯ Physical Examination.

¯ Physical conditioning: In order to be accepted into the academy, all prospective cadets are required to pass a pre-academy physical fitness test.

¯ Registration requirements:

¯ High school diploma or GED.

¯ Must be 18 years of age or older.

¯ Complete Washington State application process.

¯Complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission’s application process.

¯ Hold a valid driver’s license.

¯ Attend the mandatory orientation/ information session.

For more information contact Program Director John Burdette at 740-374-8716, ext. 1540 or  email jburdette1@wscc.edu.

Source: Washington State Community College.

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