RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande Police Department has been certified for adopting and implementing the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board’s newly established state standards set to strengthen community and police relations.
Police Chief Scott Borden, of the university police department, said the certification reflects the department’s commitment to ensuring students at Rio have a safe learning environment.
“We want to maintain the most professional police department we can and this certification shows another level of the initiative we take to keep our students and employees safe on campus,” Borden said.
The Rio Police Department joins several law enforcement agencies across the state that are now certified by meeting standards for the use of force and agency recruitment and hiring. These standards developed by the 12-member collaborative in August 2015 are the first of their kind in Ohio.
“Receiving our certification was very satisfying, because we put a lot of work into this process. I’m proud of our work because we try our best to present a professional police department to the community, and this shows that effort,” Borden said. “This is a great step for the university’s efforts in making our students and staff feel protected while at Rio.”
The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies and make sure they follow Ohio’s new standards.
Certifications for departments across Ohio will continue through 2016. The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board will publish the first list of compliant agencies in March 2017.