(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that a dozen local law enforcement agencies will boost their recruiting efforts with support from the Office of Force Recruiting. of the Order of Ohio.
Law enforcement agencies in Clark, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Montgomery, Shelby and Summit counties will receive grants as part of the first round of funding offered under the new program Ohio Law Enforcement Recruitment Grants. .
“Law enforcement is a distinguished and honorable profession, but agencies across the country are facing severe shortages of new recruits, which is dangerous for the current workforce and for the citizens they serve. serve and protect,” Governor DeWine said. “Agencies receiving grants today have all developed plans that will help them recruit more qualified candidates, particularly women and minorities who often face barriers to employment in criminal justice careers. .”
Governor DeWine prioritized the creation of the Ohio Law Enforcement Recruitment Grant Program in the state’s 2022-2023 operating budget, which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly. Ohio last year. Administered by the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, the grant program totals $1 million over the biennium, with the remaining funds to be offered in fiscal year 2023. Additional funding for law enforcement recruitment order will also be offered as part of the $250 million that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly spent on law enforcement in December.
The first round of funding totals $424,871, with 13 recruitment grants going to 12 local agencies.
- the Akron Police Department will receive two scholarships totaling $58,733.80. The department will use funds to assess its law enforcement civil service review and hiring processes to identify and address potential cultural barriers to success. The Akron Police Department will also develop a test preparation program specifically designed to serve members of the Bhutanese population who aspire to become law enforcement officers.
- the Bellefontaine Gendarmerie will receive a grant in the total amount $18,960.31 for new law enforcement recruiting efforts, including five paid internship opportunities aimed at attracting minority and female applicants.
- the Boardman Police Department will receive a grant of $25,000 organize various recruitment fairs to attract more female and minority candidates. The events will be organized in collaboration with community partners.
- the Cincinnati Police Department will receive a grant of $67,500 explore best practices and develop a strategic recruitment plan for women and minority law enforcement candidates. The department will also pilot a paid internship program focused on mentoring female and minority applicants.
- the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will receive a grant in the total amount $58,248.80 to partner with local schools to introduce a diverse new generation of law enforcement recruits. The agency will also launch a marketing plan aimed at engaging female and minority applicants.
- the Medina County Sheriff’s Office will receive a grant in the total amount $18,270 to enrich its recruitment base by creating new communication media to better attract a new generation of recruits by emphasizing female recruits and recruits from minorities.
- the Sydney Police Department will receive a grant of $36,945 develop, implement and maintain a new physical fitness standard for candidates to improve the recruitment and retention of female officers.
- the Summit County Sheriff’s Office will receive a grant of $61,069 to offer 20 comprehensive training academy scholarships to increase interest in careers in law enforcement among women and minority communities. The office will also create targeted marketing materials and conduct community outreach activities to attract more women and minority candidates.
- the Toledo Police will receive a grant of $29,000 develop new targeted recruitment materials aimed at persuading more women and minority applicants to consider a career in law enforcement. The department will also hold reverse job fairs and work to remove technological barriers that some applicants may face in accessing online pre-employment testing.
- the Upper Arlington Police Division will receive a grant of $10,600 to help implement an employee retention program that aims to prevent agent burnout by addressing the impact of the negative and traumatic events that agents endure on a daily basis.
- the West Carrollton Police Department will receive a grant of $8,093.90 to partner with the Miami Township Police Department to launch a new youth exploration program to stimulate interest in law enforcement careers at a young age.
- the Xenia Police Division will receive a grant of $32,450.28 streamlining the process for various candidates to begin a career in law enforcement through the creation of a police cadet program.
The Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, which was started by Governor DeWine in 2020, operates out of the Office of Criminal Justice Services within the Ohio Department of Public Safety.