Advanced Training for Ohio Officers Includes Use of Force

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio police officers must take advanced training courses on topics that include constitutional use of force to meet new requirements and get reimbursed by the state for the training hours.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday the training subjects for which officers could get reimbursed.

The state recently boosted the hours of annual advanced training for officers. The move followed recommendations from a task force on police training commissioned by DeWine.

Officers must take 11 hours of continued professional training in 2016, up from four hours this year.

To qualify for training reimbursement for all 11 hours, officers must take hours on human trafficking, community-police relations, constitutional use of force, and crisis de-escalation with a focus on mental illness. Two training hours could be related to any law enforcement topic.