Hostetler: Legislation supporting local law enforcement advances to Senate

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, February 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2021) – After a unanimous vote by the Indiana House of Representatives, legislation co-authored by State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) supporting local law enforcement now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Hostettler said to boost accountability and transparency in policing, the proposal for a new 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 gives our law enforcement officers more tools to better serve Hoosier communities,” Hostettler said. “We are also making critical investments this session in improved training and training facilities.”

The two-year state budget proposal also includes a $70 million investment in improved training programs and facility upgrades at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, which Hostettler said hasn't been updated since the 1970s.

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. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County
 and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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