Demand for change: What you need to know today, Saturday

Demand for change: What you need to know today, Saturday
Demand for change: What you need to know Saturday, Aug. 1

The Dayton Police Department and the Kettering Health Network Police Department are among several law enforcement agencies to recently complete the Ohio Collaborative recertification process, Karhlton Moore, executive director, Office of Criminal Justice Services, announced.

Recertification of the Ohio Collaborative standards takes place on a revolving, three to four-year cycle. OCJS plans to recertify more than 200 agencies by the end of 2020.

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There are 452 agencies employing more than 28,088 officers (representing more than 87 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio, including most of Ohio’s metro areas) that are certified, and 24 in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, agency recruitment and hiring.

Besides Dayton and the Kettering Health Network police, the Loveland and Wyoming police departments are others in the region to achieve recertification.

The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed and established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community-police relations.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 900 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.

WHIO Special Report: Demand for Change

More than two months after Miami Valley protesters joined the nation demanding change after George Floyd was killed in police custody, News Center 7 this week presented a comprehensive community conversation on the status of police and racial justice reforms.

Things you should know in the demand for change following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police:

  • The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center at Wilberforce reopens
  • Enjoy Oxford has published a self-guided Black History Tour covering a range of the rich history of Oxford, Ohio’s Black community. Learn about world-famous jazz pianist Maurice Rocco, born and raised in Oxford. Visit the town’s Historically Black Churches, and see previous sites of segregation that were then integrated because of the determination of Black citizens who demanded that their rights to occupy space be fully respected and enforced. This tour is a celebration of the talents, bravery, and community-building of Oxford’s Black residents. In publishing this tour, we hope to keep their memory alive and to remember the importance of knowing our past in order to continue moving forward to a justice-oriented future. Pick up a copy of the tour booklet at the Enjoy Oxford office (14 W. Park Place, Suite C) or send your address to TaylorMeredith@EnjoyOxford.org to have one mailed.
  • Two working groups of the city of Dayton police reform initiative will meet Tuesday, Aug 4. The Training Working Group will meet 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Recruitment Working Group will meet 5 to 6:30 p.m. View them live at daytonohio.gov/govtv. For more, go to daytonohio.gov/policereform.
  • The Cleveland Indigenous Coalition this week called on Cleveland City Council, Progressive Insurance, and Cleveland baseball sponsors to actively engage with the Cleveland baseball team to change their name and end the use of all Indigenous themes and imagery.