Members of the BGSU police (from left to right) Officer Bryan Wynn, Sgt. Scott Sauer, Officer Jessica Slowinski and Officer Dan Polin.
BGSU POLICE BECOMES FIRST DEPARTMENT IN WOOD COUNTY TO ACHIEVE CERTIFICATION
The BGSU Police Department has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.
By meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring, the department became certified in June. It was the first law enforcement agency in Wood County to become certified. About 30 other agencies in Ohio have also been certified. The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the 12-member board in August 2015.
“Although this is a voluntary initiative, we decided to pursue certification because we are committed to professionalism and operating from policies based on best practices,” said Police Chief Monica Moll. “We had already been doing most of what the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board was recommending in these two important policy areas, so achieving compliance was not difficult.”