Sat. 9 pm: Warren chief objects to Ohio board’s standards

The hiring and use-of-force policies of three Trumbull County police departments have been certified through a state board geared toward improving the relationship between police officers and the public.

However, the chief of the county’s largest municipal department said the board’s standards don’t follow leading federal case law and his department won’t be seeking certification.

Warren police Chief Eric Merkel said the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Agency Certification program, which is run through the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, has a model policy guiding use-of-force that isn’t up to snuff.

So far, Bazetta, Liberty and most recently, McDonald, have received certification through the board. Several police departments are working to become certified, including Niles, Weathersfield, Newton Falls, Vienna, Brookfield, Hubbard and Hubbard Township.

Merkel said the departments might want to think twice and consult with their attorneys as his department has done.

Read about Merkel’s concerns in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.