Federal oversight of Columbus police collaborative — for now

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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 21, 2021, file photo, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, right, speaks during a news conference about the Tuesday fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, as she swung a knife at two other people in Columbus, Ohio. Mayor Ginter says the U.S. Justice Department will review some practices of the city's police department following years of negative publicity including a series of recent police killings of Black people. He announced Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, the review by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

FILE – In this Wednesday, April 21, 2021, file photo, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, right, speaks during a news conference about the Tuesday fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, as she swung a knife at two other people in Columbus, Ohio. Mayor Ginter says the U.S. Justice Department will review some practices of the city’s police department following years of negative publicity including a series of recent police killings of Black people. He announced Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, the review by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Analysts say the newly announced federal review of the Columbus police department is a far cry from the last time the Justice Department examined the agency.

They also say it opens the door to more cooperation with the government going forward.

Under the review, the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Police Services will provide technical assistance in such areas as training, recruitment including a focus on diversity, technology, and creating an early intervention system for officers.

The review announced last week came at the request of city leaders. That’s in contrast to 1999 when the federal government sued the city over alleged civil rights violations.

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