The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission improves Ohio peace officers' professional capabilities through the careful oversight of law enforcement training within the state. The Commission has also been given the same responsibility in regard to private security, local corrections, jail personnel, bailiffs, and public defender investigators.
The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate and server three-year terms. The commission issues recommendations to the Attorney General about matters pertaining to law enforcement training. The Ohio Revised Code requires the Commission's membership to consist of:
Two incumbent Sheriffs.
Two incumbent Chiefs of Police.
One representative from the general public.
The Special Agent in charge of one of the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A representative from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.
A representative from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
A member from the Ohio Department of Education, Trade and Industrial Education Services.
The current Commission members are:
Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth, Chairperson
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Washington Court House, Ohio
Col. John Born
Ohio State Highway Patrol, Superintendent
Chief Paul S. Denton
The Ohio State University Police Department
Deputy Attorney General for Law Enforcement
Ohio Attorney General’s Office
Sergeant Troy Mineard
Akron Police Department
217 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44308
Chief Ronald Ferrell
Mason Police Department
Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education
Ohio Department of Education
FBI Special Agent in Charge
Sheriff Michael Heldman
Hancock County Sheriff's Office
To fulfill its statutory responsibility and improve law enforcement training in Ohio, the Commission may recommend to the Attorney General:
Rules for approving peace officer, private security, corrections, public defender investigator, bailiff, canine, and firearms training and certification.
The curriculum, minimum attendance, equipment and facility requirements necessary for approval of training programs.
Minimum qualifications required for instructors at approved training sites.
Categories or classifications of advanced in-service training programs for peace officers.
Minimum requirements for the certification of canines utilized by law enforcement agencies.
The commission is also authorized to:
Recommend studies, surveys, and reports designed to evaluate its own effectiveness.
Visit and inspect any peace officer training school within the state.
Establish fees for the services the Commission provides.
Make recommendations to the Attorney General or the General Assembly with respect to the fulfillment of its statutory responsibilities.
Report progress to the Attorney General throughout the year and to the Governor and the General Assembly annually.
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