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Ohio Hires PR Firm To Manage Police-Community Relations Campaign

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is using a public relations and marketing firm in a campaign aimed at promoting stronger relationships between communities and law enforcement.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety says Columbus-based Warhol & WALL ST. will work with a state advisory board on the public awareness campaign planned for this spring.

Ohio's public safety director, John Born, is chairman of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. He says the campaign's goal is to create a better understanding between communities and law enforcement.

The governor created the advisory board after a series of fatal police shootings in Ohio, including the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

The state says the awareness campaign includes educating law enforcement about how to better interact with communities and informing communities about law enforcement duties.

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