Ohio bill seeks transparency from private police

Two Ohio lawmakers think arrest and crime reports by police at private universities and hospitals should be made public.
Associated Press
Feb 7, 2014

A House bill proposed Wednesday would make private police forces — including at 17 nonprofit hospitals and 16 private universities in the state — subject to Ohio’s publicrecords laws.

The Columbus Dispatch reported more than 800 privately employed police officers in Ohio are authorized by the state to carry handguns and make arrests but not required to provide records to the public.

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