MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) The buckeye state is starting a process to "certify" law enforcement agencies after development of new police standards.
In an effort to strengthen community and police relations, the Ohio Collaborative Community - Police Advisory Board is asking all law enforcement agencies to become certified.
This means that the agencies will have to meet new statewide standards in different areas.
These standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and include recruitment and hiring standards, as well as the use of force, including deadly force.
"The big thing is going to be the use of force. Training people, very extensively, on when, how and where and what kind of force you need to exert to make people comply, and of course when you use deadly force. That's very clearly set out, then I just think it needs to be integrated into the minds of all law enforcement officers," says Washington County Sheriff, Larry Mincks.
Each agency must complete an agency certification before the certification can be completed by the state.
The state says Ohio will publish a report by March 2017 listing all agencies that have adopted and fully implemented the new state standards.