OHIO COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY-POLICE ADVISORY BOARD ESTABLISHES INVESTIGATION OF EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT STANDARD

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For Immediate Release: March 26, 2018

OHIO COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY-POLICE ADVISORY BOARD ESTABLISHES 
INVESTIGATION OF EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT STANDARD 

COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board (Ohio Collaborative) established a new statewide standard on Investigation of Employee Misconduct, which includes both administrative and citizen complaints,   during its meeting at the Ohio Department of Public Safety. This is the seventh standard adopted by the Ohio Collaborative, and states:

Investigation of Employee Misconduct StandardAgencies shall establish a written policy governing which outlines the process for accepting, processing and investigating complaints concerning allegations of employee misconduct. The policy, at a minimum, shall address the following:

              Describe the formal complaint process, outlining how and where to file a complaint;

 

              Outline the procedures for accepting, processing and investigating the complaint;

 

              Define timelines for the resolution of complaints;

 

              Include safeguards to protect  the legal  and  contractual  rights of the employees during internal investigations; and

 

              Ensure that procedures to register complaints and/or commendations are made available to the public through social media or the agency's community relations programs.


More than 500 agencies employing over 27,000 officers (in all 88 counties representing nearly 80 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio in most of Ohio’s metropolitan areas) are either certified or in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring. 

The 2018 Law Enforcement Certification Public Report will be released in March.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.

Gov. John R. Kasich established the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory board to oversee implementation of recommendations from the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

For more information on the Ohio Collaborative and the new standards, visit: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/

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Contact: China Dodley, (614) 466-2551

CLDodley@dps.ohio.gov