Auglaize sheriff’s office completes state recertification process

COLUMBUS — The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office recently completed the Ohio Collaborative re-certification process, according to Karhlton Moore, executive director of the Office of Criminal Justice Services.

Re-certification takes place on a revolving, three- to four-year cycle. Moore said OCJS plans to re-certify more than 200 agencies by the end of 2020.

More than 430 agencies representing over 78 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio are certified, and 19 that are in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, deadly force and agency recruitment and hiring.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 900 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards, Moore said.

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