COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The panel commissioned by Gov. John Kasich to study police and community relations on Thursday closed in on a final set of recommendations.
Panel members have previously suggested things like statewide committees to investigate police-involved shootings and a central database of any officer fired by a department. Other suggestions would require a central database of use-of-force incidents.
Several panelists recommend more training for dealing with the mentally ill and strategies to boost the number of minority police officers.
The panel discussed final recommendations Thursday. The future of the proposals is unclear, since some would require legislation.
A related task force created by Attorney General Mike DeWine is exploring possible changes to the way Ohio trains officers.
Both panels were created following protests over a series of police-involved shootings in Ohio and nationally.
Other proposals called for public demonstrations of police training scenarios to foster communication between residents and officers.
Some panel members suggested taking the investigation of police-involved shootings out of the hands of local agencies and creating regional or state teams to investigate.
A similar proposal would create a statewide database of all officers who are fired or resign ahead of being fired.
Task force members also suggest placing police departments’ policies online to encourage openness about what agencies do.
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