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Bill Would Grant Public Access to Records of Arrests by Police Officers Working as Private Security

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There’s bipartisan support for a newly introduced bill that would make public any arrests made by a peace officer working as part of a private security force. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Republican State Rep. Michael Henne says when state trained police officers make arrests, it should be a matter of public record.

"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 said.

Henne and Democratic State Rep. Heather Bischoff are working through the bill right now and think there is support for it. The lawmakers say they are proposing this bill because of a situation that recently came to light by students at Otterbein University. Those students have had to sue to get records of arrests made by peace officers.

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