Support law enforcement, rebuild trust with communities

By U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

We have seen too many tragedies in Ohio and across the country that have broken the trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. The arrival of an officer on the scene should be cause for relief – no more anxiety.

That’s why I joined my colleagues from both parties, including Ohio Representatives Tim Ryan and Anthony Gonzalez, in introducing the Bipartisan Law Enforcement Scenario-Based Training Act for Security and the 2022 de-escalation. This would improve law enforcement training for police departments. — large and small, urban and rural — across Ohio and the country.

Most Ohio departments have 20 or fewer people and don’t have the budgets and staff they need to provide the training officers and community members need and deserve.

Our bill would require the Department of Justice to create real-life trainings – available to all law enforcement agencies – on key issues such as improving community-police relations, de-escalation and crisis intervention.

This training will help address the concerns we hear so often from law enforcement officers and community members. That is why this legislation has the support of both the Fraternal Order of Police and the NAACP.

We know how painful this issue is and how it has divided neighborhoods and divided families. We all want the same thing: to feel safe in our communities and to be able to trust the people who are supposed to protect us.

This is an opportunity to bridge divides, get out of partisan or ideological angles, improve police work and make our cities and neighborhoods safer.

It’s bipartisan and bicameral – we have Republicans and Democrats on this bill. We have law enforcement and we have civil rights defenders. This is the kind of real progress we need on one of the toughest issues facing our communities.