After protest and civil unrest continue around the state of Ohio due to the Black Lives Matter movement, Governor Mike DeWine has announced the beginning stages of police reform in the state.
DeWine has put together several points that he thinks will bring improvement and reform to our police statewide. But these changes do not go into effect right away. They have to be passed into law by legislation. See a breakdown of what Governor DeWine would like to see changed including officers being licensed and further training.
3. Governor Mike DeWine Proposes Ohio Law Enforcement Reform
I am also asking our General Assembly to create a law enforcement oversight and accountability board, including members of the law enforcement community, and also members of the public. pic.twitter.com/ydKGorBWlt
4. Governor Mike DeWine Proposes Ohio Law Enforcement Reform
There is currently no mechanism in #Ohio to revoke a certificate for conduct that is egregious, but not criminal. Now is the time to begin treating peace officer certificates more like professional licenses.
5. Governor Mike DeWine Proposes Ohio Law Enforcement Reform
This board would be under @OhioAG's Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and would work with law enforcement experts from across the state and country to establish standards and a code of conduct for Ohio’s law enforcement profession.
6. Governor Mike DeWine Proposes Ohio Law Enforcement Reform
The board would then be responsible for ensuring that Ohio’s law enforcement officials adhere to this professional code of conduct, and if not, they would have the authority to suspend and revoke a peace officer’s license when necessary.
7. Governor Mike DeWine Proposes Ohio Law Enforcement Reform
Those within the law enforcement community who fail to report violations by other officers could face penalties, too. This is similar to the way other professionally-licensed professions are treated including physicians and lawyers.