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Ohio Official's Advisory Group Studies Police Training

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A state panel, created by Ohio AG Mike DeWine, is considering whether changes should be made to Ohio police training.

The quality of police training academies in Ohio and the need for stronger statewide training standards are among the issues an attorney general’s committee is considering as it explores possible changes to the way Ohio trains police officers.

Attorney General Mike DeWine created the group last year after several fatal police shootings and protests of those shootings in Ohio and nationally.

Committee chairman Reggie Wilkinson said Thursday the committee has been looking at whether all prospective police recruits should have to pass similar background checks before training begins, such as polygraph tests.

Background checks currently vary depending on the academy an individual applies to.

Wilkinson said the committee is also exploring what to do about low-performing academies and whether academies are serving every region properly.