Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently created a panel to examine police practices and policies and make recommendations. This panel, known as Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, set guidelines for training, use of force actions as well as post incident review, and selection and retention of employees.
In May, the Wilmington Police Department “showed the review board we were meeting with standards as we have always done in the past,” said WPD Chief Duane Weyand. “In July we had our full audit where inspectors come to our agency and reviewed our work as well as interviewed staff.
“As a result of that on-site visit, Wilmington Police Department has shown we adopted and fully implemented these standards and were awarded full certification by Karhlton F. Moore, the Executive Director for the Ohio Department of Criminal Justice Services, on July 22, 2016.”
Weyand said that out of 956 police agencies in Ohio, Wilmington’s was the first police department in Clinton County to be awarded full certification.
“We were in the first 50 police departments statewide to obtain this new standard,” he said. “I can’t thank our officers enough for their hard work in reaching this standard. It is an honor and a privilege to be among the top 50 agencies reaching this standard.”