Bill to lower age of police officers enters Ohio House

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The Ohio House version of a bill to lower the age to become a police officer across the state was introduced last week with equal parts support and scrutiny.

House Bill 84’s co-sponsors, state Reps. Steve Demetriou, R-Bainbridge Twp., and Josh Williams, R-Oregon, said the bill is aimed at hampering a shortage of law enforcement staff and also bringing up morale, which they say have been brought down not by misconduct or criminal cases brought against fellow officers in the state or by a lack of funding, but by “a social movement” in the state and country against police.

“We need to give every opportunity for departments to find those candidates that can step up and protect their community,” Williams told the House Homeland Security Committee.

To help that, the GOP sponsors said the state need only change one word in Ohio Revised Code: the minimum appointment age for a police officer from 21 years old to 18.

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