Crime in Ohio

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This article refers to crime in the U.S. state of Ohio.


In 2012 there were 405,262 crimes reported in Ohio, including 478 murders.[1] In 2014 there were 357,558 crimes reported, including 464 murders.[1]


In 2008, Ohio had 831 state and local law enforcement agencies.[2] Those agencies employed a total of 37,295 staff.[2] Of the total staff, 25,992 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[2]

In 2014, the United States Department of Justice published a report that investigated the use of force by the Cleveland Police Department from 2010-2013. The Justice Department found a pattern of excessive force including the use of firearms, tasers, fists, and chemical spray that unnecessarily escalated nonviolent situations, including against the mentally ill and people who were already restrained. As a result of the Justice Department report, the city of Cleveland has agreed to a consent decree to revise its policies and implement new independent oversight over the police force.[3]

Police ratio

In 2008, Ohio had 225 police officers per 100,000 residents.[4]

Capital punishment laws

Capital punishment is applied in Ohio.[5]

See also