COLUMBUS – Major Paul A. Pride was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel today by Colonel John Born, Patrol Superintendent, during a ceremony yesterday at the Patrol’s Academy. Lt. Colonel Pride will transfer from his current assignment as commander of the Office of Special Operations to serve in the Office of the Superintendent.
Lt. Colonel Pride joined the Patrol in May 1989 as a member of the 118th Academy Class. He received his commission in November of that year and was assigned to the Marietta Post, where he received the Patrol’s Superintendent’s Citation of Merit Award in 1990. Two years later he was named both Post and District Trooper of the year. In January 1996 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Jackson Post to serve as assistant post commander. As a sergeant he also served at the Marietta Post and the Gallipolis Post. In May 2000 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served as the Jackson Post commander.
In February 2002 he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and transferred to the Jackson District Headquarters to serve as the assistant district commander. In February 2006 he was promoted to captain and transferred to the Cambridge District Headquarters to serve as the district commander. In May 2007 he transferred to serve as commander of the Jackson District. Lt. Colonel Pride was promoted to the rank of major in January 2011 and transferred to serve as commander of the Office of Special Operations in Columbus.
In January 2002 Lt. Colonel Pride completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and in December 2006 completed training at the FBI’s National Academy. In February 2010 he earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement from Ohio University.
Originally from Roseville, Lt. Colonel Pride reside in Baltimore with his wife, Tina, and youngest daughter Michaela. Their oldest daughter, Christina, her husband Michael and two-month-old grandson, Bentley live in Wilmington.
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