Ohio Awards More than $500,000 in of Grants to Strengthen Community-Police Relations

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For Immediate Release: July 28, 2017

Ohio Awards More than $500,000 in of Grants to Strengthen Community-Police Relations


(COLUMBUS) – A total of 20 law enforcement agencies and community organizations will receive up to $40,000 in the second round of Community-Police Relations funding from the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) to assist with initiatives to improve relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies serving them.

All agencies receiving grants have agreed to become certified through the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Agency Certification through the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. More than 520 agencies employing over 27,000 officers (in all 88 counties, representing 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 following agencies have been awarded a Community-Police Grant:


University of Toledo Police Department         Lakewood Police Department

Youngstown Police Department                      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland

Medina County Police Activities League        Parma Heights Police

Montville Township Police Department          The Ohio State University Police

City of Dayton                                                  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Pickaway County Sheriff's Office                    Whitehall Division of Police

Kent Police Department                                   Deaf Women Against Violence Everywhere

South Central Big Brothers Big Sisters           Cambridge Police Department

Chillicothe Police Department                         Santa Maria Community Services

Agape Ministries                                   University of Cincinnati Office of Safety and Reform


Examples of programs awarded include: community-policing initiatives; training; juvenile-mentoring programs; education and awareness tools; and evidence-based policing strategies.


For more information on the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board or the OCJS Ohio Community-Police Relations Grant Program, please visit the OCJS website.


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For additional information, contact:

China Dodley at (614) 466-2551