Bartels: House supports legislation providing reserve police officer education

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Monday, February 25, 2019 2:33 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives today voted in support of legislation co-authored by State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) to allow reserve police officers to continue their law enforcement education while serving their communities.

Bartels said this proposal would help a county, city or town law enforcement agency provide continuing education to appointed reserve police officers. Participants could learn techniques for handling incidents of abuse, verifying restraining orders, and assessing endangered children and adults.

“Reserve officers can be called into action at a moment’s notice, so ensuring they can receive this training is essential,” Bartels said. “Making this change would help cover the cost of training and take some financial strain off local police departments.”

The bill would open up the Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fund to include reserve officer training to help relieve small law enforcement departments by covering training fees. Bartels said that Indiana has thousands of reserve officers, and with this legislation they can be better equipped with knowledge and training to serve our state’s citizens.

House Bill 1552 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74, which

includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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