Ashtabula Post Trooper of the Year is Niles native

ASHTABULA — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper James Cvengros, a Niles native, has been selected as the 2018 Trooper of the Year at the Ashtabula Post.

“The troopers and dispatchers stationed at the Ashtabula Post elected Trooper Cvengros based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public,” said OHP Lt. Martina J. Jackson, commander of the post, in a release.

Cvengros, 25, now is in contention for both the District and State Trooper of the Year awards.

“I love the bond I have formed with my co-workers and I see each of them as a member of my family,” he said. “Second, I enjoy interacting with each individual I stop. A goal of mine is to show the public that police aren’t terrible people. A lot of times after a traffic stop, usually someone thanks me, even if I issued a traffic citation.

“I believe community relations should be a main priority in every law enforcement officer’s daily operations.”

Cvengros said he has made more than 25 felony criminal arrests, over 70 impaired driver arrests and 70-plus misdemeanor arrests during 2018.

He joined the Highway Patrol in April 2015, and was a member of th e 159th Academy Class, earning his commission as a state trooper in 2016.

Cvengros is a 2011 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. He has earned the Highway Patrol Health and Physical Fitness award, and the Criminal Patrol Award.

Cvengros lives in Trumbull County with his wife, Stacy. Together they are expecting their first child, a daughter, Ava, in early January.