Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants active shooter response studied

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LONDON, Ohio  — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says it's time to study whether police officers are adequately trained to identify whether they're dealing with an active shooter situation.

DeWine says recent police shootings across the country show this is one area that has not been looked at.

DeWine made his remarks Thursday as he directed the state police training commission to study possible updates in officer training in using force.

DeWine announced the meeting last week after demonstrations around the country over racial justice and police use of force.

Ohio's officer-involved shootings include the death last month of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and a 22-year-old man carrying an air rifle last summer in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart.

In response to DeWine’s announcement, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said, “You know I can’t control that, all I can control is what we do as a division and we’re going to work hard to make this division better.”

Chief Williams and several other city leaders were at city hall Thursday night to honor dozens of police officers who risked their lives for others, as well as officers who served in the military.

Those in attendance asked the public to “not only” focus on recent investigations, but to remember the countless, courageous officers who put their lives on the line every day.

Some of those acknowledged Thursday night include but are not limited to: Officer Lindsay Appling who singlehandedly chased down an armed robber, Officer Andrew Posante who prevented a bullied child from committing suicide, Sgt. Paul Baeppler who caught a murder suspect who had threatened to kill police and Officers Daniel Jopek, Kevin Kincaid Jr., Robert Mangan, James Merritt, Ian Mussell, Mark Pesta, Robby Prock and Sgt. Kevin Coleman who together freed a trapped disabled man from a burning car.

Several civilians were also awarded with the Citizen Award Plaque for heroic acts.

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