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Police Academy Commanders Fear Consequences Of New Standards

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Police academies can be closed if they have less than 10 students.

Some police academy leaders are concerned that proposed statewide pre-certification standards could hurt enrollments.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine proposed new standards earlier this month. Applicants would have to pass drug, mental, fitness, and truth verification tests. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission is expected to vote on the standards next month.

Some Dayton-area police academy commanders tell the Dayton Daily News that uniform pre-certification requirements should be implemented. However, they say the standards could add up to $1,000 to the cost of the training program, possibly discouraging potential students from applying.

Police academies can be closed if they have less than 10 students.

Some say the standards would result in a duplication of tests and checks, since many police departments already screen candidates.

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