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Bill calls for equal transparency among public and private police officers
Rep. Michael Henne and Rep. Heather Bischoff sponsored a bill that would make private security force arrests public
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Republican State Rep. Michael Henne says private and public police officers should be subject to the same transparency standards because they share the same level of authority.
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A new bipartisan bill in the Ohio Statehouse would make any arrest by an officer working for a private security force public. Republican State Rep. Michael Henne says when state trained police officers make arrests, it should be public record.

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"These private police officers have gone through the same training, they have the ability to carry a gun, they have the same authority to make arrests in search and detaining people yet they are not subject to the same public records as the publicly employed peace keepers." 

Henne and Democratic State Rep. Heather Bischoff are sponsoring the bill. It would include police forces at private universities and hospitals.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is studying the bill to decide whether to support it.  

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