15Oct Marion Technical College Director Receives Statewide Award from Ohio Attorney General by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost presented Marion Technical College faculty Gregory Perry with the Distinguished Law Enforcement Training Award at a statewide conference this week. Attorney General David Yost presents Greg Perry with the statewide award. “All the good things that make a society healthy and prosperous rest on the foundation of public safety and the men and women who protect the unprotected,” Yost said. “I’m proud to honor these award winners who truly represent the ‘best of the best’ and have exhibited diligence, dedication, and sacrifice in the name of public safety.” Perry is the commander of MTC’s Law Enforcement Academy and Director of Criminal Justice and Law. This Morrow County resident has devoted himself to helping law enforcement officers become better officers and basic training cadets to become strong officers. “MTC is extremely proud of Greg Perry,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, president of MTC. “To have the top trainer in the state instructing our students is incredible. He uses his experience as sheriff’s deputy, trainer, and former prosecutor to serve our community.” Perry was moved to be honored at the 2019 Law Enforcement Conference in Columbus. “This is truly an honor. I am humbled,” Perry said. “I’m so glad I can share my experience to help make our community safer.” Perry has provided more than 200 hours of training since March 2018 including active shooter response, self-defense, crisis intervention, defensive tactics, and more. He has educated many groups including the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, the Marion Probation Department, the Multi-County Correctional Center, the village of Cardington police, churches, schools, and other groups. Perry was selected as Instructor of the Year at the MTC academy in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012; honored with citations by the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association in 2008, 2009, and 2017; and, in December 2018, recognized for excellence in teaching by Ohio Magazine. Learn more about Perry here. Read about the law enforcement academy and criminal justice programs here.