Bill supporting local law enforcement heads to Senate

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – After a unanimous vote by the Indiana House of Representatives this week, legislation co-authored by local legislators supporting local law enforcement now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“Public safety officials risk their lives for our local communities every day,” said State Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville). “This bill is a direct result of stakeholders working together to find common ground on issues that matter to all Hoosiers, and it will provide law enforcement with the tools they need to better serve across the state.” 

State Rep. Randy Lyness said to boost accountability and transparency in policing, the proposed law would require full employment record sharing between police departments to identify bad actors, provide additional flexibility to the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board in order to address significant officer misconduct, and require de-escalation training for new recruits and current officers.

“This bill is a positive step to increase transparency and support our local departments who work hard to serve and protect our communities," Lyness said. “This will help departments ensure they’re hiring the best candidates and give the training board more tools to address misconduct. These are positive steps forward for our local departments and the communities they serve.”

State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) said the legislation also includes a $70 million investment in improved training programs and facility upgrades at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, which Saunders said hasn't been updated since the 1970s.

"This bill received overwhelming support this session," Saunders said. "Investing in our law enforcement and providing the resources needed to further improve training programs will help officers best serve and protect all of us."

Supporters of House Bill 1006 are the Indiana State Police, Indiana State Police Alliance, Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, Indiana Sheriff's Association, Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Hoosier State Press Association, Inc., the Indy Chamber of Commerce and the Public Defender Commission.  

To learn more and watch legislative proceedings, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes
all of Union County and portions of Franklin and Dearborn counties.
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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,
which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.
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State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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