- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police officers and ministers are joining mental health, probation and prosecutor’s office representatives on a new Ohio panel to study possible updates to police training.

Attorney General Mike DeWine created the 16-member panel in response to issues raised in the wake of several recent police shootings nationally and protests over those shootings.

DeWine asked the group Thursday to create recommendations about training for use-of-force situations and for officers dealing with racially diverse populations.

In announcing the task force last week, DeWine said it will look at several issues, including whether officers are getting enough basic and advanced training, using the skills they acquire and know how to deal with individuals with mental illness.

DeWine says proper training is important for police and the residents they serve.

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