DeWine Proceeding With Police Reform Plans

Jun 10, 2020

Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is proceeding with plans to create what he says will be more accountability and oversight for law enforcement. 

The moves focus on diversifying police forces and getting departments to meet certain standards. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

DeWine is calling on Ohio's law enforcement agencies to become certified in standards created by a community-police relations board on the issues of use of force and hiring/recruitment policies.

Just under half of the state's police departments have not been certified.


DeWine is also creating a state office to help communities build police forces with more women and people of color.


DeWine: "Whatever the organization is, it's better when it has diversity, when it has different points of view, people have different backgrounds, they grew up differently. Those things coming together adds strength."


DeWine is also asking the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board to create best practices when dealing with mass protests.