MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars are now more safe for both the officers and those who are detained thanks to a special federal grant through the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
When officers are buckling up detainees, the new cruiser containment system installed inside the deputies’ vehicles eliminates the need to reach over the person. The buckle system prevents the detainee from gaining access to the officer’s gun or cause harm to the officer in close contact with a potentially dangerous suspect.
“Now when they buckle them in, their gun side isn’t exposed,” Duchak said. “We can belt them in safer now without having to lean in and over.”
Duchak said 75 percent of the sheriff’s office fleet has been upgraded to the new, more safe transporting system. Duchak said the office will apply for the grant again to upgrade the rest of the fleet. If a cruiser is removed off the road, the containment system can be transferred to other sheriff’s cruisers in the future, Duchak said.
Duchak said the new equipment makes transport safer for both the officer and the detainee. He said before the systems were installed, a detainee could kick windows out or hurt themselves or the deputy in charge.
“We outfitted eight cruisers through the grant and we did four more through our budget to all vehicles assigned to patrol,” Duchak said. “It will keep the deputies and the inmates safer. It’s a lot easier to clean out because there are issues when an inmate is being transported. All the deputies seem to like it.”
We appreciate getting grant monies to keep our officers safer,” Duchak said.
In May, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office also was recognized by the Ohio Department of Criminal Justice Services for adopting and fully implementing the new state standards recently established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office joins several law enforcement agencies who recently became certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring. The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the 12-member collaborative in August 2015.
The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.
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