law enforcement

Mike Pucillo
Nick Evans / WOSU

Mike Pucillo lives in Olde Towne East, and he has three Ring doorbells: one on his front door, his back door and the garage. He likes having a way to check in when he’s gone.

A group of Cincinnati teens, sponsored by the Children's Law Center, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Urban League, is making recommendations to the city of Cincinnati to reduce the number of youth arrests and eliminate racial disparities.

Westerville Police

Jury selection resumes Monday morning for Quentin Smith, the man accused of fatally shooting two Westerville Police officers in February 2018. Opening arguments in the trial could start as soon as Monday afternoon.

Adora Namigadde

Columbus Division of Police officers rarely use gas masks, but they have them in case highly volatile situations like riots break out. So Iris Velasco schedules a yearly gas mask fitting to ensure officers are ready to go.

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A Dallas jury has found former police Officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder for fatally shooting a neighbor who lived in the apartment directly above hers last year. She had testified that she entered Botham Jean's unit after a long day at work, thinking it was her own home and that he was an intruder.

Rhonda Grizzell, Columbus Police's new Wellness Bureau Commander, has been pushing for officer wellness initiatives for years.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Rhonda Grizzell leads me up a curved staircase to a conference room in the Columbus Police headquarters downtown. As she takes the new role of Wellness Bureau Commander, her office is in disarray while she switches working spaces.

The man accused of shooting and killing a Clermont County Sheriff's Deputy in February pleaded guilty Monday to avoid the death penalty.

Franklin County Sheriff's cruiser
Raymond Wambsgans / Flickr

The Franklin County Sheriff has changed how the department handles vehicle pursuits in an effort to increase safety.

Columbus Division of Police

The Columbus Division of Police is testing out a new uniform meant to improve officer comfort and safety.

Recruits at the Columbus Police Academy are trained for the department's new Police And Community Together Team.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The Columbus Division of Police kicked off training Wednesday for the Police and Community Together Team, which is replacing the disbanded Vice Unit.

Columbus Police disproportionately use force against black suspects, according to a department-wide review released by the city Wednesday. The study also found wide racial disparities in the public perception of police.

Some of Columbus Police's new therapy dogs.
Columbus Police

Columbus Police are training five therapy dogs and police handlers to provide comfort to victims and witnesses of crime.

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New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced Monday that the police department is terminating the officer involved in the fatal 2014 altercation with Eric Garner, ending a five-year battle over the officer's status.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo used a chokehold on Garner, which is banned by the city's police department, O'Neill said.

Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET Thursday

Officials in Philadelphia are praising city law enforcement for peacefully resolving a chaotic episode Wednesday night in which a gunman armed with an AR-15 and a handgun fired off more than 100 rounds, hitting six police officers, then barricaded himself inside a residence, creating a more than seven-hour standoff.

The suspect is now in custody and all six wounded officers have been released from local hospitals.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs the executive order creating the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center on July 31, 2019.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine created the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center with an executive order on Wednesday.