TWINSBURG — Police Chief Chris Noga has announced that Det. Alan Ternosky has successfully completed the requirements for the Master Criminal Investigator program through the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

There are approximately 32,500 peace officers in Ohio, and according to the Attorney General’s office only around 500 have earned this certification since its inception.

To be eligible, investigators must complete a core training program of 128 hours, plus an additional 64 hours of two elective courses for a total of 192 hours.

The courses must be taken through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, and are intended to strengthen an investigator’s knowledge, kills and abilities for conducting a variety of criminal investigations.

According to Assistant Police Chief Robert Gonsiewski, Ternosky is the second Twinsburg officer to earn the distinction. Sgt. Brian Donato earned it in August 2018.

“We are very proud of Alan and Brian and our entire detective bureau,” said Gonziewski. “The bureau solves a lot of crimes and does an amazing job. Our patrol division initiates many of the investigations and the detectives follow up.”

Ternosky has been with the Twinsburg department for 15 years, including seven in the detective bureau.

He said most of the courses he took were in Richfield, but some were London, Ohio. Training included how to deal with sexual assaults and ciber crimes, photographing and processing a crime scene and collecting evidence.

In his elective courses, Ternosky said he focused on identification of narcotics and working with confidential informants.

“With technology constantly changing, it’s good to learn about new techniques in dealing with things such as cell phones and social media,” Ternosky said. “Some things are completely different than they were seven years ago when I joined the detective bureau.”

According to OPOTA’s website, the academy trains about 12,000 law enforcement personnel each year in service areas such as firearms, crime scene forensics, vehicle operations and legal issues. It has been in existence since 1965.

The Academy’s eOPOTA web-based trainings also are available around the clock. Peace officers can access at their convenience dozens of trainings on pertinent topics.

The academy is overseen by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, which advises the Attorney General and provides direction to the executive director on training, eligibility and service standards.