(GRANVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he is asking participants of the fifth annual Summit on Ohio Campus Safety and Security to offer suggestions within the next 30 days on the types of training they would like to see offered at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).
"Preparedness is our greatest asset in addressing safety on our campuses," said Ohio Attorney General DeWine. "I'm asking for these suggestions within the next 30 days so we can move quickly to implement the best training ideas for campus security."
Attorney General DeWine invited the participants of the campus safety summit to directly contact OPOTA Executive Director Robert Fiatal with their training recommendations. Recommendations can be e-mailed to Robert.Fiatal@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
"Most days, our campuses are not in the news due to safety issues – that's a good thing because it means the security apparatus is working like it should," said Attorney General DeWine. "We want to do all we can to keep campus security appropriately trained and students, faculty and everyone who works at our campuses safe."
Ohio has 960 appointed peace officers who serve on 38 of Ohio's college and university campuses.
OPOTA has been expanding the number and types of classes available and offering many of them regionally throughout the state.
In Fiscal Year 2011, OPOTA and its staff oversaw about 330 peace officer training schools, issued more than 5,700 basic training certificates, and administered more than 2,200 final exams.
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