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DeWine Calls For Development Of Statewide Standards Governing Police Chases

May 14, 2019

Governor Mike DeWine shakes hands with Ronnie Dunn, associate professor at Cleveland State University and a member of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wants a board to develop statewide standards regarding police pursuits. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

As a former prosecutor, DeWine says he understands weighing the concerns of a potentially dangerous suspect getting away against the risk to the public of a chase.

“I’m not advocating or saying there never should be a police chase. That’s not what I’m saying at all. But what I am saying is these are life and death decisions, and it’s time Ohio had a statewide standard.”

DeWine is asking the state’s Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board to develop some recommendations – and mentioned there were some in a report done in 2016 by a group he created as attorney general. While the recommendations wouldn’t be law, DeWine says agencies would likely adopt them.