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More Agencies Achieve Certification in Ohio Collaborative Standards

COLUMBUS –  The Lima Police Department (Allen County), the Flushing Police Department (Belmont County), the Arcanum Police Department (Darke County), the Montville Township Police Department (Geauga County), the Cheviot Police Department and the Indian Hill Rangers Police Department (Hamilton County), the University of Dayton Department of Public Safety (Montgomery County), the Dresden Police Department (Muskingum County), the Marblehead Police Department (Ottawa County), the Ravenna Police Department (Portage County), the Ottawa Police Department (Putnam County), the Premier Health Department of Public Safety (Richland County), the Lawrence Township Police Department (Stark County), the Metro RTA Transit Police Department and the Peninsula Police Department (Summit County), the Cortland Police Department and the Hubbard Police Department (Trumbull County), the Stryker Police Department (Williams County), the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office 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 501 agencies that are certified, and 63 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 29,297 officers (representing over 90 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/