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Ohio Issues New Communication Card To Assist The Deaf And Law Enforcement

21 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and statewide law enforcement partners have developed a new communication card to help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing exchange information with law enforcement.

The new card, which can be downloaded onto a phone or printed and stored inside a vehicle, wallet, or purse, includes various pictures that deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals can point to in order to help them more easily communicate during interactions with law enforcement.

“Removing barriers for Ohioans with disabilities is crucial for helping them live self-determined, independent lives,” said Governor DeWine. “This new communication tool will improve safety for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community as well as law enforcement officers across the state.”


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Columbus Mayor Requests Federal Probe Of Police Force

29 Apr , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — While Ohio’s capital city has made significant progress enacting changes to its police department, the city needs additional help because of “fierce opposition” to reform within the agency, city leaders said Wednesday as they requested a Justice Department investigation following a series of police killings of Black people and other controversies.

The request by Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Attorney Zach Klein — both Democrats — capped several painful months for the city, culminating most recently with the April 20 fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant as she swung a knife at a woman. Bryant was Black and the rookie officer who shot her was white. More…


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County Law Enforcement Agencies Adopt Community Policing Standards

12 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; State of Ohio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath have released an update on the number of Ohio law enforcement agencies that have implemented Ohio’s statewide minimum standards on use of force, deadly force, hiring, and recruitment.

According to the 2021 Law Enforcement Certification Report issued today by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, a total of 529 law enforcement agencies in Ohio have fully adopted the primary standards and 11 agencies are in the process of adopting the primary standards set by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

Those updates reflect that all seven of Richland County’s law enforcement agencies are in some phase of the certification process, meaning that 100% of Richland County’s population is covered in this aspect. All 224 law enforcement officers are included. More…


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Republicans: Bill would ‘weed out bad actors’ in Ohio police

12 Jun , 2020  

FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America / Associated Press

Ohio would create a statewide disciplinary database for violent officers and require psychological testing for all new police under a measure proposed Thursday by House Republicans. The legislation came as the state grapples with the aftermath of civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Sponsoring Reps. Phil Plummer and Cindy Abrams, who both have previously served in law enforcement roles, said the bill would standardize police training and disciplinary response throughout the state to “weed out the bad actors.” More…


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County Law Enforcement Agencies Adopting Use Of Force Standards

3 Apr , 2018  

More than 500 agencies – employing 82 percent of Ohio’s law enforcement officers – are in the process of implementing Ohio’s first-ever statewide standards on use of force, including deadly force, and hiring and recruitment according to a report issued late last week by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). More…


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Prosecutor’s Office Sponsors Sheriff’s Office K9 Vest

25 Oct , 2016  

From the Richland County Sheriff’s Office:

Richland County Sheriff’s Office K9 Rahko will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.. K9 Rahko’s vest is sponsored by the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in Mansfield and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This protection donated by Richland Cty. Prosecutor.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. More…