DeWine adding police officer screening, training requirements

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine takes a question at a news conference where he announced indictments against four additional people connected to the 2012 rape of a high school student in Steubenville, Ohio. Shortly after taking office in 2011, DeWine started hearing about law enforcement agencies that had untested rape kits. He asked all of them to send the evidence to the state crime lab to be processed at no cost to local authorities. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to provide updates on changes in law enforcement training six months after making an initial series of recommendations.

A task force created by DeWine recommended in April that Ohio boost the minimum number of required training hours for officers and use stricter screening for applicants.

DeWine convened the panel in response to fatal police shootings and protests over those events in Ohio and nationally. He planned an update on the recommendations Tuesday.

Some recommendations led to an increase in the minimum number of training hours for new officers and requirements that candidates for law enforcement jobs have a high school diploma.

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