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OUPD receives certification through Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board

In January, the Ohio University Police Department received certification through the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

OUPD is one of more than 350 agencies statewide to receive the certification, which outlines the standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring. The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed in August 2015 as a result of the recommendations of the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations, which was created by Governor John Kasich in 2014 after a series of incidents in Ohio and around the nation highlighted the challenging situations that exist in too many places between some communities and police.

“OUPD supports the mission of the Ohio Collaborative in establishing minimum standards for police departments in Ohio. Our recent certification underscores our commitment to professionalism in serving the OHIO community,” said Chief Andrew Powers. “I am proud of the work of our entire department, and am especially grateful to Captain George Harlow for his hard work leading this project.”

As part of the certification process, OUPD completed an initial application with compliance documentation, as well as an on-site review conducted by a representative from the Ohio Collaborative. 

For more information about the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, visit www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative