COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio would boost the amount of training to become a police officer and require all candidates for law enforcement jobs to have a high school diploma under a legislative proposal.
The measures follow recommendations for upgrading police training and standards that emerged from committees convened by Attorney General Mike DeWine and Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) in the wake of protests over fatal police shootings.
The Ohio House approved a bill Wednesday containing both proposals.
The legislation would lift the current cap of 650 required hours, a move allowing the state’s police training commission to set a higher level yet to be determined.
The Fraternal Order of Police backed both provisions, while noting that practically all Ohio officers already have a high school diploma or equivalent.