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Panel Sets Statewide Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force And Recruitment

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For the first time in state history, there is now a set of minimum standards for police use of deadly force and recruitment. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Most law enforcement agencies in Ohio meet or exceed the minimum standards set by the panel that’s reviewing police and community relations for the past nine months, says Public Safety Director John Born, the group’s co-chair. “But what we’re really after is trying to raise the bar so those agencies that don’t have these policy statements or those other elements are able to have a good guidepost of where they need to be,” Born said.

Former Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) is also a co-chair. She said standards should give communities some confidence. Gov. John Kasich created the task force after the deadly police-involved shootings of Tamir Rice in Cleveland and John Crawford near Dayton.

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