COLUMBUS - State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) today announced the Senate's passage of legislation providing additional training opportunities, helping equip Ohio's local police chiefs as leaders in their departments and communities.

Sponsored by Senator Hite, the legislation would establish a 40-hour police chief training program designed for newly appointed local police chiefs. Course content would include diversity training with an emphasis on historical perspectives and community-police relations. 

"This training program helps prepare local police chiefs to become effective and dynamic leaders in the communities they serve," said Senator Hite. 

In 2015, Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger approached Senator Hite with the idea of establishing the training program. Senate Bill 37 is the result of extensive collaboration between the Ohio Attorney General's office and the Ohio Police Chiefs Association.

If signed into law, newly appointed police chiefs would be required to attend the training program, provided by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, beginning in January 2018.

Senate Bill 37 now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

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