Governor Kasich announces first-ever police standards board


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COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich has announced the creation of Ohio’s first-ever police standards board governing the proper use of deadly force, recruiting and hiring.

The board will also create standards for police agencies involving local community interaction, such as addressing safety issues and educating people on the daily challenges faced by officers.

Kasich said Wednesday that police officers and community members will sit on the 12-member Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

Kasich also expressed his concern for Cleveland, saying that he is concerned about what could happen in the coming weeks with the outcome of Officer Michael Brelo’s trial.

The announcement came as Kasich accepted recommendations from a police and community relations panel he created following protests over a series of police-involved shootings in Ohio and nationally.

In December, the U.S. Justice Department issued a report that concluded Cleveland police had engaged in a pattern and practice of using excessive force.

The governor says an annual report will list agencies that have not adopted standards involving use of force and hiring and recruiting.

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