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On January 4th, 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that forensic scientists working at the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are now processing DNA cases in a record turnaround time of 20 days, despite a 34-percent increase in DNA submissions from law enforcement from December 2010 to today.
A video commemorating the service of former Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff was shown to the 2012 Ohio Attorney General's Law Enforcement Conference.
On December 19, 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers Wedensday to brief media on the progress of school safety inititives in 2012. DeWine outlined what has been done since the shootings that occurred in Chardon earlier this year, as well as what recommendations and initiatives should be implemented moving forward.
Informational video about BCI - the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2011, BCI is one of the nation's premier law enforcement agencies and crime labs. BCI is part of the Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
On December 10th, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will release findings on the condition of the child welfare and foster care system in Ohio. The findings come as a result of eight child safety summits held by the Attorney General that gave foster parents, former foster children, and representatives of children's services agencies the chance to speak about their perspectives. The Attorney General will outline several specific issues of concern that resulted from the summits. A plan of action to address those concerns, including the formation of a newly established foster care advisory group, will also be announced.
Badges for Baseball was created by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to help at-risk youth and prevent juvenile crime. By pairing police and kids together playing baseball and softball, the program builds new relationships between youth and law enforcement. It reached more than 26,000 youngsters in 16 states last year.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine brought the program to Ohio through the Ohio Attorney General's Office commitment of almost $170,000 over two years to complement the $158,000 in goods and services being provided by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Funds from the Attorney General's Office come from fines and penalties received by the Office's Charitable Law Section through its enforcement activities that ensure that monies raised by non-profits in Ohio go for charitable purposes.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that he is intensifying his efforts to fight the abuse and sale of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and herbal incense.
Synthetic drugs are often abused by people 25 and younger. The drugs are very addictive, and the high can induce violence and extreme paranoia. They are sold in stores and on the internet, which makes people think they are safe, when in fact, they can be deadly. Attorney General DeWine is asking retailers for help making sure illegal drugs are not sold in our state.
The Attorney General also announced new efforts to train law enforcement officers on how to investigate synthetic drug cases and how to build cases against synthetic drug distributors in Ohio.