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Governor DeWine wants new standards for police pursuits

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Just how far and how fast should police go when trying to chase a possible criminal in Ohio?

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he wants minimum standards established for police agencies involved in vehicular pursuits.

DeWine said that he has requested the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board develop a new law enforcement standard for police chases.

Ohio law requires that law enforcement agencies have a pursuit policy, but it does not define the content of the policy.

"Far too often people are killed or seriously injured because a driver chooses to flee from police," said Governor DeWine. "I believe a minimum standard for law enforcement vehicular pursuits would help encourage a consistent approach to pursuits, which would be beneficial in instances where pursuits cross jurisdictional lines and could ultimately help save lives."

In 2016, while serving as Ohio's Attorney General, Governor DeWine created an advisory group on law enforcement vehicular pursuits, which issued recommendations on policies that should be considered when developing pursuit procedures.

The recommendations included policies on initiating, continuing and discontinuing vehicle pursuits to ensure the safety of law enforcement and the general public.

Governor DeWine requested that the Ohio Collaborative consider those recommendations when developing the new vehicular pursuit standard.

Governor DeWine also appointed the following three new advisory board members:

  • State Representative Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland)
  • State Representative Phil Plummer (R-Dayton)
  • BCI Superintendent Joe Morbitzer

The Ohio Collaborative is a multidisciplinary group consisting of law enforcement, elected officials, academia, and the faith-based community.

The group was formed in 2015 to work to improve the relationship between Ohio's law enforcement agencies and the diverse communities they serve.

A total of 445 law enforcement agencies in Ohio have voluntarily adopted the primary standards set by the Ohio Collaborative, which define circumstances for use of force and deadly force and promote equal employment and non-discrimination.

Fifty-two additional agencies are in the process of adopting the standards.

The Collaborative has also established standards regarding community engagement, body worn cameras, law enforcement telecommunicator training, bias-free policing and employee misconduct.

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