Lawmakers to hear testimony on Ohio police training changes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would boost the amount of training to become a police officer and require all candidates for law enforcement jobs to have a high school diploma under legislation getting its latest hearing at the Statehouse.

The measures follow recommendations for upgrading police training and standards that emerged from committees convened by Attorney General Mike DeWine and Gov. John Kasich in the wake of protests over fatal police shootings.

The legislation would lift the current cap of 650 required hours, a move allowing the state’s police training commission to set a higher amount yet to be determined.

The House Community and Family Advancement Committee planned to hear testimony Tuesday afternoon. The bill sponsors are Republican Reps. Tim Derickson, from Oxford, and Nathan Manning, from North Ridgeville in northern Ohio.

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