Ohio Gov. promises police reform will help community, respect the profession of law enforcement officers


Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:30 PM PT – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Ohio’s governor has unveiled a new police reform package that proposes millions in grants to local law enforcement agencies. On Wednesday, Governor Mike Dewine (R) said the goal will be to build trust between officers and their communities while increasing police accountability.

If it is passed, the bill would create a Peace Officer Oversight Committee, a database of officer discipline and require police training once a year, among other provisions.

DeWine said the bill has been in the works for some time and does include input from law enforcement.

“If this bill is passed, it will put Ohio at the forefront,” Gov. DeWine said. “We will be able to say we have gotten serious about this, we respect our police. A great majority of police do wonderful jobs. We want to make sure that we have uniformity in policing and that we make it as professional as we can.”

The bill has headed to the Ohio State Assembly for debate.

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