Due to a series of events in Ohio and elsewhere in the nation, the fractured relationship existing between some local communities and the law enforcement agencies dedicated to serving them has been highlighted. In an effort to resolve this conflict, in December, 2014, Governor John R Kasich signed Executive Order 2014-06K creating the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. Since its creation, the Task Force developed recommendations on how to improve relationships between law enforcement and their respective communities.

On April 30, 2015, Governor Kasich signed Executive Order 2015-04K establishing the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. The purpose of the Collaborative is to advise and work with the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) in the Ohio Department of Public Safety to implement the Task Force’s recommendations.

In addition, the Collaborative and OCJS developed statewide minimum standards in the following areas:

  • Agency Employee Recruitment and Hiring
  • Agency Wellness
  • Bias Free Policing
  • Body Worn Cameras
  • Community Engagement
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Developmentally Appropriate Policing & Positive Youth Interactions
  • Investigation of Employee Misconduct
  • Response to Mass Protests & Demonstrations
  • Telecommunicator Training
  • Vehicular Pursuit
  • Use of Deadly Force

Sheriff Levorchick is committed to establishing and maintaining compliance with the Ohio Collaborative Standards. Director Jeff Griffin (Training & Compliance) has been charged with the responsiblity to ensure that all required processes are completed and documentation has been submitted to accessors.

Sheriff Levorchick is proud to state that as of March of 2024, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has been granted FINAL certification in ALL standards.


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