HPD achieves certification in Ohio collaborative standards

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The Hilliard Division of Police has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

There are 449 agencies employing more than 26,000 officers that are certified, and 57 that are in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force (including deadly force,) agency recruitment and hiring.

Chief of Police Robert Fisher said he is pleased the agency has earned the certification, which acknowledges HPD’s policies and practices are in line with recognized leading standards for law enforcement organizations.

“This certification is the result of the constant efforts of our personnel to support the agency’s core values, specifically professionalism, in the observance of their daily duties,” Fisher said. “Hilliard’s policies are not only in line with the state’s minimum requirements, but in most cases, exceed them.”

The agency’s next goal is becoming accredited by CALEA, the Commission Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

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.

More information on the Ohio Collaborative can be found at: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/.

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