Attorney general wants tougher entry standards for officers

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COLUMBUS/DAYTON, Ohio (AP/WDTN) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to beef up standards that prospective police officers must meet before they undertake their initial training.

DeWine is asking the Ohio police training commission to require that law enforcement job candidates pass a drug test, a truth verification test such as a polygraph and take a psychological exam.

DeWine also wants the commission to consider whether other crimes should bar a person from becoming an officer other than the current felony convictions. He also wants candidates to pass a physical fitness test.

Candidates would have to meet these requirements before entering one of Ohio’s police academies.

Many big-city Ohio departments already have such standards, and DeWine says it’s time to make them uniform across the state.

2 NEWS reached out the two local law enforcement training facilities.

A Dayton Police Department (DPD) spokesperson says they already do all of the pre-certifications prior to hiring someone to attend the academy. The newest item is the pre-physical fitness test, which DPD has done for the about 2 years, everything else has been in place for more than 20 years.

The Sinclair Police Academy, which is among the highest in the state for passing the state certification exam. A spokesperson there says they’ve worked with the attorney generals office on this issue to discuss how they can make academies across the state better.

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