Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Six officers, sterling personnel jackets



The six Cincinnati police officers who struggled with Nathaniel Jones outside a North Avondale restaurant Sunday range from a rookie to a veteran with more than 23 years of experience. None has been accused of using excessive force and each has a spotless record, according to their personnel files.

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Six Cincinnati police officers have been placed on administrative leave following the death of Nathaniel Jones Sunday. They are from top left, Guy Abrams, James Pike, Joehonny Reese, Jay Johnstone, Baron Osterman and Thomas Slade.
(AP photo)
Guy V. Abrams

The Western Hills High School graduate has been a Cincinnati police officer since November 1996. He worked as a resident assistant at Talbert House, a halfway house, before joining the force. His last performance report called him a "dependable officer who makes sound choices.''

James Pike

A Madeira High School graduate, the 41-year-old has been a Cincinnati police officer since 1996. From 1985 to 1992, he served in the U.S. Air Force. His latest performance report calls him an "outstanding beat officer with a working knowledge of his beat and its residents.''

Joehonny Reese

A 30-year-old Withrow High School graduate, Reese has been an officer since December 1998. His most recent performance report says he is "easy to supervise and always willing to assist younger officers."

Jay Johnstone

A graduate of New Richmond High School, the 36-year-old officer earned a criminal justice degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was sworn in June 1998. His latest performance report recommends that he study for a promotion to specialist.

Baron J. Osterman

Least experienced of the six, the 32-year-old St. Leon, Ind., native served in the U.S. Coast Guard until May 2002. Because he was sworn in in January, he has not yet received a performance evaluation. He received a commendation from a citizen whose stolen golf clubs Osterman helped recover.

Thomas Slade

The 46-year-old Aiken High School graduate has been a police officer since May 1980. He plays the bugle at police funerals. His file contains 33 commendations from citizens and supervisors. He is described in his performance report as "an outstanding role model for new officers.''




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LOCAL HEADLINES
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City changed procedures
Friend: Jones was 'good man'
National TV focuses on beating death
Six officers, sterling personnel jackets
Police search city office
Student's expulsion over being at fight overturned
Touring the globe at La Salle
Politics sadden retiring leader
Acting principal named for Nativity
Inauguration Day belongs to two newcomers
Group follows crime to court
East-side residents worry over bridge work
Hockey team assists girl's donation goal
Church series explores role of Jerusalem
Former police officer to make plea bargain
Video slot proposal runs into trouble
Gifting at UC slips in rankings
Roofers found dead in unfinished house

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Others weigh GOP primary
Lawyers say judge not biased vs. diocese
Soccer passion rewarded

LIVES REMEMBERED
Tom Callan served country and Harrison
Joyce Holmes, avid volunteer