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Police-Community Relations Panel Drafts Deadly Force, Hiring Standards

Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio

  The panel working on police and community relations has come up with draft standards on the use of force, police recruitment and hiring; and expects to deliver them to Gov. John Kasich by Sept. 3.

The draft standards say police will only be able to use deadly force to defend themselves or another person from serious injury or death; and that law enforcement agencies should hire qualified individuals and create diverse work forces.

Department of Public Safety director John Born says after the standards are finalized and announced, the next step is ensuring agencies follow them.

Then, Born said, the Ohio Collaborative Community Police Advisory Board will “take a look at those agencies that don’t, why don’t they and what can we do to get them into compliance.”  

Born says the next area the group will likely focus on is ensuring law enforcement is integrated in the community. 

This panel was created by Kasich – another panel connected to Attorney General Mike DeWine has been working on police training.