Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says while the state is sometimes criticized for having too many overlapping police departments, he sees the number of agencies as an asset.
DeWine made the comment this morning as he opened a statewide law enforcement summit in Columbus. Crimes against children, prescription painkiller abuse, human trafficking and slot machine-type gambling games are among the topics on the agenda. DeWine cites the coordinated efforts by numerous police departments to crack down on illegal prescription painkiller sales as an example of the benefits of cooperation. He says the more groups work together, the better they can share ideas and information and make things happen.