OSUPD Adopts State Standards to Strengthen Community Relations

The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) has adopted and implemented state standards meant to strengthen relations between Ohio police agencies and the communities they serve.

The standards were established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board and address use of force, including deadly force, as well as agency recruitment and hiring. OSUPD joins more than 40 other agencies in Ohio that have become certified so far. The standards were developed by the 12-member collaborative in August 2015 and are the first of their kind in Ohio. 

“The Ohio State University Police Division is pleased to be a part of this statewide effort to improve the relationship between police and the community,” said OSUPD Chief Craig Stone. “As a university agency, servicing a college campus that's home to nearly 100,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors, we have a uniquely tailored approach focusing on both safety and education.”

This approach focuses on creating an environment of trust and support within the university community. OSUPD is also proud to be one of approximately 70 university law enforcement agencies nationwide accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and the division holds itself to a very high standard following both state and national best practices.

“Our No. 1 goal is to enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Stone said.

For more information on the Ohio Collaborative, the certification process for law enforcement and the complete list of agencies that have been certified, please visit: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/

For more information on CALEA, visit http://www.calea.org/