COLUMBUS -- The Hudson and Boston Heights Police Department adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state's efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

More than 400 agencies employing over 23,000 officers (70 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio, including agencies and officers in most of Ohio's metropolitan areas) are either certifiied or in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force and agency recruitment and hiring.

The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the Collaborative in August 2015.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certifiy Ohio's nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in the compliance with Oho's new standards.

For more information, go to www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative.