Ohio Governor’s Panel Weighs More State Oversight of Police

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The panel commissioned by Gov. John Kasich to study police and community relations in Ohio is looking at whether state oversight of police officers should be increased.

Panel members are suggesting things like statewide committees to investigate police-involved shootings and a central database of any officer fired by a department. Other suggestions would require a central database of use of force incidents.

The recommendations, which are preliminary, were obtained by The Associated Press through a records request.

Panel members have two weeks to submit revisions or new recommendations.

Several panelists recommend more training for dealing with the mentally ill and strategies to boost the number of minority police officers.

A related task force created by Attorney General Mike DeWine is exploring possible changes to the way Ohio trains officers.