- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The latest version of Ohio’s upcoming two-year budget would pay for several additional hours of annual advanced training for police officers.

The budget proposal by the Republican-controlled state Senate would raise the amount of training from four hours to 11 hours next year and 20 hours by the end of 2017.

Under the $10 million plan announced Monday, the state would cover 100 percent of the cost for the first 11 hours of training.

Afterward the state would cover 100 percent of the remaining nine hours for up to 50 officers per department, and 80 percent for each officer beyond 50.

The funding meets one of the recommendations of a task force commissioned by Attorney General Mike DeWine that studied ways to improve police training.

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