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Village police department latest to meet state standards

September 19, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says the latest law enforcement agency to be certified on standards governing the use of deadly force and other policies is a police department serving an Ohio village.

An advisory board commissioned by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) created the standards after a series of fatal police shootings in Ohio and nationally.

Agencies that don’t meet the statewide standards as minimum policies will be listed as noncompliant on an annual list released each March.

The Department of Public Safety said Monday the Middlefield police department in northeastern Ohio is now certified in use of force, deadly force, recruitment and hiring, body camera and other standards.

The agency says 527 departments employing more than 28,000 officers have either met the standards or are in the process.

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