The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state's efforts to strengthen community and police relations.
The department has received certification from the state for putting the standards into place, according to a news release from the Office of Criminal Justice Services with the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
More than 300 agencies employing more than 18,000 officers (or 54 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio, including agencies and officers in most of Ohio's metropolitan areas) are either certified or in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring.
"We are pleased to have met the standards set by the state for policing," said Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis. "It is a testament to the officers and supervisors that interact with the public on a daily basis and display their professionalism. I am grateful to the administration and City Council for providing the resources we need to provide the proper service to the community."
Davis praised Falls Police Capt. Perry Tabak and his training staff for ensuring that officers receive the necessary instruction on the standards.
The chief offered kudos to Falls Police Capt. Steve Guldeman for ensuring "that the proper policies are in place and followed to meet the requirements set forth by the state."
Davis added his department will "continue to strive to not only meet the state levels for professional policing but exceed them."
The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the Collaborative in August 2015, according to the news release.
The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio's nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio's new standards.
The first list of all Ohio compliant agencies will be published in March.
For more information on the Ohio Collaborative, the certification process for law enforcement and the complete list of agencies who have been certified, visit: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/