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Akron, Ohio

Akron Police Department Certified by State of Ohio for Policies regarding Use of Force & Diversity in Recruitment and Hiring

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt
Published: 03-09-2017

Akron, Ohio, March 9, 2017– This week, the Ohio Collaborative awarded the Akron Police Department certification for adopting and implementing state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of efforts to strengthen community and police relations across the state.

The City of Akron applied for the award from the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, and in achieving certification demonstrated that the Akron Police Department meets statewide standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and recruitment and hiring standards. These state standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the 12-member collaborative in August of 2015.

“We are dedicated to continually improving relationships between our police officers and the neighborhoods we serve,” Mayor Horrigan said. “This certification demonstrates our long-standing commitment to bias-free policing with a primary concern for protecting and preserving human life, and to hiring a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.  Our policies and practices are designed to ensure that our officers have the proper temperament, knowledge and attitude to handle this very difficult job.  We will continue to strive to exceed all applicable standards by going above and beyond to engage with and remain accountable to our community in everything we do.” 

For more information on the Ohio Collaborative and the certification process for law enforcement please visit: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/.

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: (330) 375-2325

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