A Hancock County sheriff’s deputy recently completed a law enforcement training course.

Sgt. Michael Cortez was one of 29 Certified Law Enforcement Executive trainees who were honored at a recent graduation at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy in Columbus.

The ceremony marked the completion of a course co-sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

Participants were selected by meeting set standards in experience, formal and continuing education, as well as professional-related experience.

For more than a year, participants received instructions including ethics, interpersonal skills, mission and guiding principles, strategic planning, external environmental management, risk management, and resource allocation and budgeting.

The program promotes professional development, benefiting not only the individual but also the agencies, in which they work and practice, and their communities.