Ohio Gov. promises police reform will help community, respect the profession of law enforcement officers

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine meets with a supporter following a campaign event where he listed reasons as to why he should be elected the next governor of Ohio at the Boat House at Confluence Park on November 2, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine is running against former Ohio Attorney General and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Richard Cordray for the governorship of Ohio, currently held by Republican and 2016 Presidential candidate John Kasich, who has reached his term limit. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:30 PM PT – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Ohio’s governor has unveiled a new police reform package that proposes millions in grants to local law enforcement agencies. On Wednesday, Governor Mike Dewine (R) said the goal will be to build trust between officers and their communities while increasing police accountability.

If it is passed, the bill would create a Peace Officer Oversight Committee, a database of officer discipline and require police training once a year, among other provisions.

DeWine said the bill has been in the works for some time and does include input from law enforcement.

“If this bill is passed, it will put Ohio at the forefront,” Gov. DeWine said. “We will be able to say we have gotten serious about this, we respect our police. A great majority of police do wonderful jobs. We want to make sure that we have uniformity in policing and that we make it as professional as we can.”

The bill has headed to the Ohio State Assembly for debate.

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