Cherry: Legislation supports local law enforcement, transparency

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 12, 2021

Law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect our communities, and they need tools and resources to continue keeping us safe. This session, I am co-authoring legislation supporting local law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing.

The proposed legislation 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.

We are committed to investing in improved training programs and much-needed facility upgrades at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, which has not been updated since the 1970s. This will help our Hoosier officers be better prepared to handle the variety of situations they encounter.

House Bill 1006 recently passed out of the House of Representatives unanimously and can now be considered by the Indiana Senate. The broad, bipartisan support of this bill shows the importance of working together to find common ground on issues that matter to all Hoosiers. Several key supporters of this legislation include 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.

From improved training to increased accountability, these enhancements will help Hoosier police officers better serve and protect our communities. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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