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(Columbus) – Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services Executive Director Nicole Dehner has announced the certification and recertification of 30 Ohio law enforcement agencies for state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.
Among area agencies recently re-certified include the Chillicothe Police Department and Circleville Police Department.
Five agencies have adopted and implemented the initial two standards regarding use of force and hiring and recruitment. A total of 25 agencies completed the recertification process that takes place on a revolving, three to four-year cycle.
Overall, there are 587 certified agencies and three in the process of becoming certified by meeting the initial standards. Additionally, 29,352 officers (representing over 86.5% 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.