Frye supports pay increase for Indiana’s Conservation Officers

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:50 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2017) – State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) today supported an amendment to the state budget proposal to allow for a pay increase for Indiana Conservation Officers.

House Bill 1001 establishes the state’s budget for the next two years. Before the amendment, the budget proposal would have stopped simultaneous pay raises for both Indiana State Police officers and Indiana Conservation Officers. 

Frye said the amendment to the budget bill passed by the House would keep the pay raises of both law enforcement branches linked together.

“Conservation Officers play a huge role in the rural communities of our state, particularly in southeast Indiana,” Frye said. “These officers put themselves at as much risk as police officers and deserve the same pay raise other state law enforcement officers will receive.”

According to Frye, the newly amended budget bill would provide a 6-percent pay increase for both state police and Conservation Officers. The budget is expected to be voted out of the House early next week, when it will then proceed to the Senate for consideration.

Conservation Officers are responsible for enforcing natural resources, recreational safety and environmental protection laws.

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Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.

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