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CAPT. ROBERT F. WELSH OF THE OHIO HIGHWAY PATROL TO BE HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE

 CAPT. ROBERT F. WELSH OF THE OHIO HIGHWAY PATROL
 TO BE HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Capt. Robert F. Welsh of the Ohio Highway Patrol will be honored for excellence in law enforcement training by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, a division of the Department of the Treasury. Welsh, District 2 Commander in the Bucyrus headquarters, has served 26 years with the highway patrol. Welsh will receive the award from Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady in a ceremony at the Department of the Treasury today. The 1991 Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement Training for Individual Achievement is being presented to Welsh in recognition of his devotion to the training of law enforcement officers in personal safety and self defense.
 Col. Thomas W. Rice, patrol superintendent, who nominated Welsh for the award, will be on hand to honor and congratulate him at the ceremonies. In his nomination letter, Rice said, "Capt. Welsh has trained thousands of law enforcement officers throughout his career. His creativity, resourcefulness and dedication to his profession have contributed to the survival of countless police officers."
 Welsh served for many years at the Ohio Highway Patrol Training Academy as an instructor and administrator. He is responsible for the development of numerous creative training programs including the "React-Fire-Win" course which places officers in practical situations that require that they react to a sudden attack from an aggressor. The situations incorporate the use of a red-handled gun which Welsh adapted from a standard revolver. The red-handled guns are called such because their grips have been painted red to differentiate them from an officer's actual service weapon. The red-handled guns are unable to accept genuine ammunition but are capable of firing a primer with a cotton-ball projectile that is safe even when shot at close range. The course is designed to teach officers to be mentally prepared when they find themselves suddenly involved in a gun fight.
 Welsh is widely recognized both throughout Ohio and the nation for his expertise in officer safety and survival. In 1983, he authored a book on techniques of self defense, "React, Fire, Win". His techniques and skills are in demand by many law enforcement agencies throughout the nation where he has been asked to teach in dozens of survival seminars.
 "Capt. Welsh has contributed more to the education and survival of Ohio state troopers than any other single person. His work for this division and the entire law enforcement community makes him well deserving of this great honor," said Rice.
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 /CONTACT: Sgt. Kathleen Plesich of the State Highway Patrol, 614-466-2991/ CO: State Highway Patrol ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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