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Republicans Urge Communities And Their Safety Forces To Interact More

 L-R Reps Cindy Abrams, Haraz Ghanbari, Brian Baldridge, Phil Plummer, Thomas Hall, Rodney Creech, Jeff LaRe
L-R Reps Cindy Abrams, Haraz Ghanbari, Brian Baldridge, Phil Plummer, Thomas Hall, Rodney Creech, Jeff LaRe

Some Republican lawmakers are urging communities and members of their safety forces to come together to better understand each other.

Republican Rep. Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) wants community leaders to ride along with police, have coffee with cops, and go through local citizen police academies. He said he’s doing that with his kids.

“When they want to talk about superheroes, we don’t turn on some afternoon cartoon. We hop into the car and go to the local fire station. We go to the highway patrol post. We stop by and say hi to our sheriff,” said Ghanbari.

Ghanbari said $10 million in the new state budget for body cameras can help too. A Democrat-backed bill to require body cameras for all officers has had no hearings, however, and some activists have raised concerns about body cameras being used for surveillance, not accountability.

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