In December 2014, Gov. John R. Kasich signed Executive Order 2014-06K, announcing the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations (Task Force) after a series of incidents in Ohio and around the nation highlighted the challenging situations that exist in too many places between some communities and police. The task force included 24 members representing the governor, legislature, attorney general, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, local law enforcement, organized labor, local community leaders, the faith-based community, business, municipalities and prosecuting attorneys.
On April 29, 2015, after a series of public forums, the Task Force delivered its final report to the Governor, who in turn signed Executive Order 2015-04K, establishing the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board (Ohio Collaborative) to oversee implementation of recommendations from the Task Force.
The Ohio Collaborative, a 12-person panel, established state standards – for the first time in Ohio’s history – on August 28, 2015, for use of force including use of deadly force and agency employee recruitment and hiring that can help guide law enforcement agencies in Ohio. These new standards will hold everyone accountable and instill a greater confidence with the public.
The Collaborative will work closely with our partners, including the community and law enforcement agencies, to implement the new standards. All law enforcement agencies are expected to meet or exceed these new standards as they develop policies and procedures to meet these new expectations. A report will be published by March 31, 2017, listing which agencies have adopted and fully implemented the new state minimum standards. Establishing state standards is just the first milestone for the Ohio Collaborative.
This initiative brings together state government, the public, the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association (BSSA), the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and other organizations to work together to improve the relationship of Police and Communities. With over 950 police agencies in our state, OACP is taking a leadership role in education, providing input and direction, and the recruitment and training of almost 50 OACP members to act as Assessors and Peers for this process.