Rep. Anielski Applauds Passage Of Legislation Improving Training Requirements For Peace Officers
Legislation builds from Attorney General's report by eliminating cap on training hours

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauded the passage of legislation that addresses training requirements for peace officers in Ohio. Stemming from the Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training report, the bill works to improve the training process for law enforcement individuals.  

House Bill 204 addresses the issue in two ways. First, it would remove the cap on the number of hours of basic training required for peace officers and other positions. Secondly, the bill requires all newly appointed peace officers to receive a high school diploma or a GED. Ohio is one of three states that does not require some level of high school diploma or GED equivalent to serve as a peace officer.

“Providing additional top-notch training for our peace officers is a worthwhile investment and will instill a greater measure of trust among our communities and those who have sworn to protect them,” said Rep. Anielski.

Currently, the hourly cap for basic training is 650 hours, which is set by the Ohio Administrative Code. With this legislation, the Attorney General could raise the number of hours required for peace officer training.

The bill is supported by the Attorney General’s office, the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, and others. It will now head to the Senate for further consideration.

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