Bacon: Keeping our communities safe

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, May 24, 2019

Every time they leave for work, law enforcement officials say goodbye to their families not knowing if they will return to their loved ones. Thanks to their bravery and dedication, each of us know that our communities are protected.

As a state legislator, a duty I take very seriously is ensuring that our law enforcement officials receive the tools and protections they need to keep our Hoosiers safe. That’s why this session, I advanced legislation to give our law enforcement officials additional support.

A new law makes intentionally interfering with law enforcement a crime. This new law will help law enforcement officers to calm the situation, remove the threat from the environment and proceed with what they need to do as a first responder. When officers are prevented from doing their jobs at a crime scene, evidence could be destroyed, whole cases could be thrown out and criminals could go free. It is essential law enforcement officials are allowed to do their jobs and justice is served on behalf of victims and their families.

I want Indiana law enforcement officials to be prepared for every situation, and that is why I supported increasing funding to provide flexibility for training reserve police officers. To keep our communities safe, local departments can tap funds to pay for continued training for reserve officers so they have the tools they need to be successful.

It is also important to thank and reward our law enforcement for the work they do to keep us safe. A new law will increase the 1977 retirement fund payouts for firefighters and police officers, and their surviving spouses. This is the first increase in the payout since the fund’s inception and will help repay these important public servants for their work.

Let us not forget that we have the privilege to live in a safe and free community thanks to the sacrifices of our law enforcement officers. There is never enough we can do to show our appreciation for their courage to place themselves in harm’s way for our sake.

I ask you to join me in showing your appreciation for our law enforcement officers working each and every day to keep our community safe. Please continue reaching out to me with input or questions at h75@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9643.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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