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Bridgeport – The Bridgeport Police Department continues to achieve its goal of achieving all five standard group certifications through the Ohio Cooperative.

During a Bridgeport Village Council meeting on Tuesday, Police Chief John Bomba said the department is set to receive Group 3 certification, which includes police pursuit standards, by the end of the week.

The department obtained Group B certification last month, making it the only law enforcement agency in Belmont County to do so so far.

There are five group criteria that “Hold everyone accountable and instill greater confidence in the public. … All law enforcement agencies are expected to meet or exceed these new standards as they develop policies and procedures to meet these new expectations,” According to the Ohio Co-operative. Each standard includes different state-implemented standards that must be completed before certification can be obtained.

On Thursday, Assistant President Darby Copeland said the department had received confirmation that it had received the Group C certification.

“It has really given us a bit of mystery to look at how we do our business, and this particular group has taken a look at ensuring our agency does not do any kind of profiling on the basis of race, gender or otherwise. The results we found were very representative of the community we serve, so we are happy to report About that our officers administer criminal justice appropriately and effectively,” He said.

The department has already started the process of obtaining Group 4 certification.

Bomba also presented his report during the August meeting. The department received 59 calls to service, 25 criminal arrests, 48 ​​traffic stops, 48 ​​recalls, and 9 accidents. He said he intended to add warnings to his report, although no warnings were given during Tuesday’s meeting.

In other matters, Mayor Norma Tisdale said nearly two dozen street lights are not working in the village.

“We had a member of the street department go out last night and check all the poles to see if the lights were on, and we had 21 (not working),” She said.

Tisdale said she reported the issue to American Electric Power, which said they would take care of the issue.

Council member Robert Bennington said the biggest problem with lights not working properly is people waiting for buses without any lights, especially as the days get shorter and the sun rises later in the morning.

Village Director Jesse Kosigye also gave his monthly report in which he said the slip-reform project in Lombardy Heights is moving forward with the bid opening at 3:30 p.m. October 3 in council rooms. The village received a $118,334 grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project in July. The grant covers 90% of the funds needed to complete the project, while the village has a matching liability of $13,148.

At the beginning of the meeting, the council heard the views of the concerned residents. Rob Reed has expressed problems with the drainage of rainwater in Aetnaville.

“Aetnaville is basically a bowl like your bathroom sink. (Ohio) Route 7 is a dam and when the water comes off that hill it goes straight into that hole. If that hole is plugged in, my basement and multiple homes along Forth Street will be flooded,” He said.

Reed said he wanted to know who was responsible for the rainwater drains on Mill Street.

Tisdale said she would alert the street manager of the matter and have him check it out to see what could be done.

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