The New Boston Police Department has 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.
“It helps show our community here that their police department is trying to do the right thing,” New Boston Police Captain Steve Goins said. “We have policies and procedures that are in place for our officers to follow and we have demonstrated that our officers follow those policies and procedures.”
Gov. John R. Kasich established the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory board to oversee implementation of recommendations from the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. The community-law enforcement advisory panel developed – for the first time in Ohio history – state standards on use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring on Aug. 28, 2015.
“In particular, what this certification details is use of force and deadly force policies and the hiring and recruiting policies that we have,” Goins said. “It shows that we implement these things and we follow them.”
More than 500 agencies employing over 27,000 officers (in all 88 counties, representing 79 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio and most of Ohio’s metropolitan departments) are either certified or in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring.
The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 960 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.
“Our officers are good officers. They try to do the best they can every day and it’s demonstrated,” Goins said. “I just think it’s a good thing for our department to be able to be certified in those things.”
For more information on the Ohio Collaborative, the certification process for law enforcement and the complete list of agencies who have been certified, please visit: httD://www.ocis.ohio.aov/ohiocollaborative/
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