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fentanyl
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) recently re-introduced the POWER Act to equip law enforcement officials with screening devices to detect fentanyl.

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Columbus city leaders and law enforcement officials gathered at the police academy auditorium on Wednesday to celebrate Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs’ tenure as the city’s top police officer.

Surrounded by law enforcement from around the country, the Colerain Police Department, friends and family laid Officer Dale Woods to rest Monday. He died Jan. 7 after being struck by a pickup truck while on duty Jan. 4.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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For the first time in eight years, Ohio gets a new governor on Monday. Its 70th governor, to be exact. But Mike DeWine is hardly a new face for Ohioans.

Among the bills Gov. John Kasich is still considering whether he’ll sign is one that will allow some video from body cameras worn by police agencies to be hidden from the public.

More law enforcement officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in 2018 than last year, driving a 12 percent overall increase in the number of officers who died on the job, according to preliminary data from The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

"Firearms-related fatalities were the leading cause of officer deaths, with 52 officers shot and killed in 2018," the NLEOMF says. That's a rise from 2017, when guns were involved in 46 officer deaths.

The group adds that handguns accounted for the majority of those incidents.

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Justice Department officials announced that a former Franklin Township officer pleaded guilty to using excessive force during a May 2018 arrest.

Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Jerad White and his partner, Danny, at the new training facility in Marysville.
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The Ohio State Highway Patrol opened its $1.4 million training facility for police dogs and their handlers on Monday. Located in Marysville, the facility gives a formal home to the training program the patrol started in 2015.

Steve Brown / WOSU

Andy Grimm sits in a smoky, cramped newsroom in downtown New Carlisle. He’s antsy and nervous.

Just as he seems to be getting comfortable, a Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy drives by. Grimm peers out the window and waits until the deputy is out of sight to continue talking.

A U.S. Marshals probe of the Cuyahoga County jail uncovered conditions so severe that they put the safety of staff and inmates at risk, according to a report released Wednesday morning.

Among the Marshals’ findings were that the jail used food as a form of punishment, that meals failed to meet nutritional standards, that inmates received inadequate medical care and that defendants awaiting court were placed in cells without working toilets or running water.

Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser driving
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A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper from Delaware County has been sentenced to two years in prison for drug trafficking charges.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show.

Debbie Holmes

We originally ran this story in June 2017. We are republishing it now after the death of Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes, Jr., who was the town's third chief in a year. 

This is the second of a two-part story on the aftermath of the Kirkersville shooting and the viability of police forces in small communities. Read part one here.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A new member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was sworn into duty: Mattis K. Nine, a Yellow Lab who becomes the department's first-ever therapy dog. And yes, he's a good deputy.

Tamir Rice
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The city of Cleveland has fired one police officer and suspended a second involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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