Ohio Collaborative Newsletter


Winter Quarter  -  January 2018

Administrator's Column

Greetings and welcome to our first Ohio Collaborative newsletter. I’ve created this correspondence to provide our customers and partners with updates on the Ohio Collaborative. I hope you find it useful and informative. For our first newsletter I wanted to give you some background on the Collaborative, some updates on what we’re doing, and introduce you to our staff. I’ve provided you a photo and a little background on each of us, as well as our contact information. We’re all committed to this process, our customers, and our partners. We truly believe in doing everything we can to aid Ohio law enforcement in service to their communities. We welcome your input into future newsletters. Please contact us with anything you’d like to see in future newsletters. Thank you for all you do to make this a Safer Ohio.




In December 2014, Governor John R. Kasich signed Executive Order 2014-06K, creating the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations after a series of incidents in Ohio and around the nation highlighted challenging situations that exist in too many places between some communities and police.

The task force included 24 members representing the Governor, Legislature, Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, local law enforcement, organized labor, local community leaders, the faith-based community, business, municipalities and Prosecuting attorneys. On April 29, 2015, after a series of public forums, the task force delivered its final report to the Governor, who in turn signed Executive Order 2015-04K, establishing the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board to oversee implementation of task force recommendations. 


The Collaborative offers a certification process for police departments in Ohio. Like other certification programs, the process consists of two major components: 1. establishing professional standards for law enforcement to meet; and 2. administering a voluntary assessment process by which law enforcement departments can be recognized for meeting best practices. 

Meet the Team


Karhlton Moore is the Executive Director of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) and is responsible for the administration and evaluation of state and federal grants for law enforcement, victim assistance, crime prevention courts, anti-trafficking efforts, re-entry, corrections programs and traffic safety. Moore previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Ohio Attorney General’s office, in the Court of Claims Defense section and the Capital Crimes section.

He also works in continuing partnership with law enforcement task forces, and provides the Governor and the Director of the Department of Public Safety with current and projected criminal justice strategies. Moore also oversees the Motorcycle Ohio and Driver Training programs.  

Karhlton is the President of the National Criminal Justice Association and serves on their advisory council, board of directors, and executive committee. Additionally, Moore recently served as the facilitator for Governor Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Moore received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wright State University and his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Contact Karhlton at 614-728-4792 or kmoore@dps.ohio.gov        


Ed Burkhammer is a Deputy Director for the Office of Criminal Justice Services. He is the Program Administrator for the Ohio Collaborative, and the Law Enforcement Liaison for OCJS. Ed started his career in the United States Army serving as a Military Police Officer and Investigator. Ed is a proud retired Urbana, Ohio police officer with a combined 28 years of law enforcement experience. He spent years as a Trainer, OPOTA instructor, FTO, Patrol officer, Patrol supervisor and Investigations supervisor. Ed holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Administration/Organizational Leadership, and is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. 

He continues his commitment to public service by being a part of the OCJS and DPS mission, striving to support and improve law enforcement throughout Ohio and the citizens they serve.  

Ed has various duties at OCJS. He is available to agencies as an on-site Peer resource and also conducts trainings and presentations all over the State on the Ohio Collaborative.

Contact Ed  at 614-203-3555 or edbukhammer@dps.ohio.gov      


Stephanie Swindell is an Assessor for the Ohio Collaborative. She is also our Intake Specialist. She is responsible for agency data entry, downloading of agency documents, and Reviewer assignments. She has served the State for 11 years working for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and now with the Office of Criminal Justice Services. 

Contact Stephanie at 614-728-4790 or saswindell@dps.ohio.gov


Tom Lamb is an Assessor for the Ohio Collaborative. He also serves as a Peer resource for agencies.

Tom began his career at Warren Correctional Institution in 2006. In 2013 he continued his career in Law Enforcement, and began working for the Adult Parole Authority.

Understanding the importance of a good relationship between the community and Law Enforcement, he now works at the Office of Criminal Justice Services as a representative for the Ohio Collaborative.

Contact Tom at 614-752-4569 or tclamb@dps.ohio.gov


Carley Auddino is an Assessor for the Ohio Collaborative.

She began working for the Ohio Collaborative in August 2017 as a college intern. She graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2017 with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, with an interest in Substance Abuse and Misuse. 

Contact Carley at 614-644-1259 or cmauddino@dps.ohio.gov      


Group One - Standards 1 - 2

Number of Agencies that have submitted applications (without compliance docs): 79

Number of Agencies "In Process" (compliance documents submitted/in review): 20

Number of Provisional Certifications: 4

Number of Final Certifications: 406

Total: 509

 Group Two - Standards 3 - 5

Number of Provisional Certifications in Group 2: 80

Number of Final Certifications in Group 2: 57

Total Number of Agencies Certified in all 5 Standards: 137


27663 out of 34807 officers involved in process (79%)

9,316,555 out of 11,536,504 population covered by agencies in the process (81%)

1 applications submitted 1/10/17 - 1/17/18 Doylestown PD



The 2018 Annual report-- OCJS staff will continue to accept submissions for review until March 2, 2018. Any completed submissions received by our staff by this date will appear in the 2018 Law Enforcement Certification Public Report. The report will be released to the public no later than March 31, 2018. Our staff will continue to review submissions received between March 2nd and the release date, making every effort to have those submissions appear in the report.

Board Meeting-- Community-Police Advisory board Meeting at 10AM March 26, 2018 at the ODPS Atrium.

Conference-- OCLEA Presentation for OH Crime Prevention Assoc. Annual Conference is April 16, 2018 at 3PM at the Embassy Suites of Dublin. Karhlton Moore and Ed Burkhammer will present updates on the Ohio Collaborative.

Bias Free Policing-- The OCJS Ohio Collaborative team has been working on the development of a Sample Policy for Bias Free Policing for the past several months.
The policy sample is directly representative of the Standards provided to us by the Ohio Collaborative Police Community Advisory Board. This sample policy was created with the help of our partners at The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. OCJS is now accepting this Standard for submission and review. The Standards and the Policy Sample are available on our website. www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative

Software Development--The OCJS staff has been working for months with the DPS IT staff on the development of a software program for the Ohio Collaborative. The first Phase of this launch took place on January 17, 2018 and is being used by our staff. There were three primary goals of this effort: 

1. to reduce potential errors. 

2. To increase efficiency. 

3. Ease of use for our customer agencies.

The target for Phase 2 release of the project will be sometime in the spring or early summer of 2018. Phase 2 of the project will provide customer agencies with the ability to directly upload their policies and compliance documents to OCJS staff for review. Agencies will have access to their documents at any time from their desktops. As with any new system, there will be issues. We ask for your patience and input as we go through this process.

Telecommunicator Training--There has been some confusion about which agencies are required to meet this standard. Hopefully this will provide some clarification.

This standard and the training applies only to those Law Enforcement Agencies that operate a telecommunications center or performs that function. Training shall meet and support minimum standards as established by legislation for 911 call centers and public-safety answering points (PSAPs). Acceptable training may include: 

  • Class room or equivalent 
  • Utilization of nationally recognized dispatcher training 
  • Training developed by individual agencies to meet the specific needs of their communities

To clarify applicability, refer to ORC 4742.01 for the definition of Telecommunicator. This refers to individuals “employed by emergency service providers whose primary responsibility is to be an operator for the receipt of processing of emergency calls”. If your agency has a 10-digit telephone number and your emergency calls go to a 911 center, the new standard does not apply.


The Ohio Collaborative still recommends to those agencies that do not meet this criteria to consider implementing the standard as a best practice.


We Need Your Help

We would continue to ask agencies to highlight, or note on their submitted forms the standard they are referring to. Also, the separation of documents is of great importance. We often receive PDF files in the 50 to 150 pages range. These are extremely difficult to decipher, as you can imagine. For the longevity of the program, our staff is separating the documents into different files for future reference. For instance, agency policy is an individual document. Compliance examples for each standard are also individual documents. 

This helps streamline the review process greatly, and will aid the agency representative greatly when the user interface is launched later this year. 

For questions regarding how to break down your submission, please contact our Intake Specialist, Stephanie Swindell at 614-752-4569 or saswindell@dps.ohio.gov.