Mass Protest Law Enforcement Standard:
DeWine directed Ohio's Collaborative Community-Police
Advisory Board to begin developing uniform minimum standards
related to mass protests.
“When protests morph from peaceful to violent, law enforcement
must be empowered to act, but our peaceful demonstrators must
also feel safe when asserting their First Amendment rights,"
said Governor DeWine. "A statewide standard for law enforcement
will be beneficial to help standardize Ohio's response to large,
ongoing protests in the future.”
Members of the collaborative will examine issues surrounding
best practices for interaction between law enforcement and
crowds that fail to disperse, when tactics involving tear gas,
pepper spray, and non-lethal projectiles are necessary and when
these tactics should be considered excessive, and how to better
protect members of the media from injury.
Ohio’s Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board was formed
in 2015 to create uniform minimum standards for Ohio’s law
enforcement agencies covering use of force, including deadly
force, and hiring and recruitment.
As of today, 79-percent of all of Ohio’s law enforcement
officers work for an agency that has voluntarily complied with
these standards or is in the process of certification. These
agencies serve 75-percent of Ohio’s total population. However,
the total number of certified agencies only accounts for
slightly over half of all of Ohio’s departments.
"More than 400 agencies in the state have not chosen to pursue
certification showing that they meet these minimum standards,"
said DeWine. "Regardless of why these agencies are not
certified, I'm calling on them to begin working on this
Collaborative standards also exist for community engagement,
body cameras, bias-free policing, employee misconduct,
telecommunicators, and law enforcement pursuits.
The 2020 Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board
report, which lists the certification status of all law
enforcement agencies in the state, is available at publicsafety.ohio.gov.
Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment:
DeWine will create a new Ohio Office of Law Enforcement
Recruitment within Ohio's Office of Criminal Justice
"Ohio must also do more to encourage minorities and women to
join the ranks of Ohio’s law enforcement officers - especially
in our urban communities," said Governor DeWine. "The need for
more minorities and females in the law enforcement profession
isn’t a new concept and many agencies are already doing a
phenomenal job, but this new office will help local agencies
with recruitment and retention.”
PPE UPDATE: As
of last week, Ohio has distributed over 30 million pieces of PPE.
Sources of these resources include donations, FEMA, JobsOhio
purchases, and purchases by state agencies such as our
departments of Administrative Services, Health, and Public
Safety using federal CARES Act funds. Of the 30 million total
PPE pieces, 27.8 million pieces have been shipped to county EMAs
for local distribution.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation “Protecting Ohio's
Workforce- We've Got You Covered”
program has also sent over 1.5 million face coverings to
employers to support and enhance any workforce safety and health
efforts that businesses already have in place.
Ohio is also providing PPE to the Ohio Department of Mental
Health and Addiction Services, through their Office of Pharmacy
Services, to support requests for PPE from state agencies,
boards, and commissions.
Ohio is currently looking at long-term solutions to PPE supply
chain issues plaguing the country. This includes longer-term
contracts for ventilators and N95 masks. Ohio is also
currently evaluating the results of a recently issued Invitation
to Bid for gloves, gowns, and three-ply masks.
GOJO, an Akron-based manufacturer of hand sanitizer, and
part of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, has been working with
JobsOhio and today announced that it is expanding in
Navarre and Maple Heights to meet the demand for their products
that are helping fight COVID-19. The projects are
expected to create 200 new jobs.
“GOJO is an Ohio-grown company whose products, including its
PURELL® products are helping us combat the pandemic,” said
DeWine. “These new investments demonstrate the confidence GOJO
has in Ohio’s talent, which is hard at work producing and
distributing critical PURELL® products used worldwide.”
CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 39,162 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 2,421 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 6,620 people have been hospitalized, including 1,708
admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be
accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign
language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio
Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or