Attorney General Dave Yost’s Police Resources
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Attorney General Dave Yost’s Police Resources

Attorney General Dave Yost firmly believes that law enforcement officers are essential to a secure and functioning society. Dedicated officers protect our communities as well as our individual ability to pursue life, liberty and happiness free from fear and intimidation.

“The true face of law enforcement is men and women going out and trying to make their communities safe,” Yost says. “They show valor every time they put a badge on their chest, which can turn into a target on their backs.”

Too often these days, though, the face of law enforcement is represented by viral videos of officers hurting people. These officers do not represent the majority – the many hard-working, goodhearted people who got into policing to safeguard neighbors and fix problems, not create them.

The following information is offered in support of and as a service to law enforcement officers across the state of Ohio.

A Special Note on New Restraint Law

Passed late in 2020 as part of an Ohio law on sealing expungements, a new rule limits restraint and confinement of pregnant women or teenagers. The rule takes effect April 12, 2021, and can affect civil liability and criminal liability for officers and law enforcement agencies who do not follow it. Please read this document to learn more about the new limitations.

Proposed Reforms

Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, there has been widespread recognition that the time has come to make reforms. Such actions would demonstrate to the public that officers can, should and do hold themselves to high standards and would empower departments by, for example, providing funding for training or instituting a way to remove bad actors. The following is a look at some of the ideas proposed in Ohio, including those that Attorney General Yost supports.

AGO Divisions That Work With Police

Attorney General Yost’s office plays an important role in teaching and supporting law enforcement officers throughout the state.

Classes resume at OPOTA | Photos by Josh Grusendorf

Independent Investigations

Independence is a bedrock principle of fair investigations. When law enforcement agencies investigate their own — no matter how competent the investigation — the setup can create the appearance of an unfair process and jeopardize community trust in the outcome. The Attorney General’s Office offers investigators and prosecutors trusted for their high-quality work and independent decision-making.

Fallen Officers

Since 1823, more than 800 Ohio law enforcement officers have lost their lives while on the job. Attorney General Yost honors them and highlights those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in recent years.

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2020

2019

2018

Note: 2018 and 2019 officers’ stories come from Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony programs. 2020 officers’ stories are preliminary versions and will be expanded for the 2021 ceremony.

On the Job Newsletter

The Ohio Attorney General Office’s newsletter for first responders and victim advocates shares the stories behind investigations, personal missions, inter-agency partnerships and AGO developments.

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