CIRCLEVILLE - Trooper Jacob D. Landis of the Circleville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently earned the Criminal Patrol Award for achievements during the second quarter of 2016.
Landis, a Teays Valley graduate and Ashville resident, has served at the Circleville Post since his graduation from the 153rd Patrol Academy class in 2013, according to Lt. Steven Herron, post commander.
The Criminal Patrol Award is presented for excellence in felony enforcement, according to the OSHP. Landis will receive a certificate and uniform ribbon for the honor.
"Trooper Landis is dedicated to public service and seeks to make a difference in the community that he grew up in," Herron said. "I am proud of the fact that Trooper Landis' dedication and efforts were recognized by him receiving this award."
Herron said Landis has been solely responsible in 2016 for initiating 16 felony cases resulting in the arrests of 17 suspects. He also is credited this year with recovering a stolen license plate, two felony cases of tampering with records and the seizure of felony scheduled pills, cocaine, crystal meth, loaded handguns, crack cocaine, heroin and numerous misdemeanor drug arrests.
"Trooper Landis is a valued member of the Circleville Patrol Post," Herron said. "He is an energetic officer that is committed to not only making Pickaway County a safe place to travel, but is also committed to keeping our communities safe by seeking out the criminal element to intercept it before it hits the streets where we live and play."
Herron said Landis previously earned the Star Level Health and Physical Fitness Award from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.