Governor signs Mayfield's bill helping reserve police officers into law

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Thursday, May 25, 2017 3:44 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 25, 2017) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today ceremonially signed State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill into law providing benefits to reserve police officers.

Mayfield said reserve officers are citizen volunteers who perform law enforcement duties within their community. They usually maintain full-time jobs while serving the police department on a part-time basis after completing required training.

“Reserve officers are trained to enforce the law and keep our communities safe,” Mayfield said. “Many of Indiana’s rural cities and towns depend on these reserve officers, who are usually Hoosiers that maintain full-time jobs and volunteer to protect their community.”

According to Mayfield, prior to this law being signed, it wasn’t mandatory for reserve officers to be provided medical coverage or be compensated for loss of income if injured while on duty. This new law provides coverage for medical expenses, loss of income and other benefits to reserve officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

House Enrolled Act 1555 goes into effect July 1.

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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60, which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties and is the Asst. Majority Floor Leader. She serves as a member of Ways and Means, Insurance and Public Policy committees.

  NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a picture of Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) signing State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) (seated, left) bill providing benefits to reserve police into law.