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Agencies Achieve Certification in Ohio Collaborative Standards

COLUMBUS –  The Woodmere Police Department (Cuyahoga County), the Huron Police Department (Erie County), the Carroll Police Department (Fairfield County), the Blendon Township Police Department (Franklin County), the South Russell Police Department (Geauga County), the Cedarville Police Department (Greene County), the Nashville Police Department (Holmes County), the Salem Township Police Department (Jefferson County), the Lake MetroParks Ranger Department and the Willowick Police Department (Lake County), the Wadsworth Police Department (Medina County), the Five Rivers MetroParks (Montgomery County), the Eaton Police Department (Preble County), the Pandora Police Department (Putnam County), the Alliance Police Department and the Hartville Police Department (Stark County), the Weathersfield Township Police Department (Trumbull County), the West Unity Police Department (Williams County), the Bradner Police Department (Wood County) recently adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

There are 491 agencies that are certified, and 73 that are in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring. Additionally, over 29,385 officers (representing over 91 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio, including most of Ohio’s metropolitan areas) are employed by an agency that is involved in some form of the certification process.

The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed and established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 900 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards. The complete list of agencies who have and have not been certified can be found at: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/