House approves Mayfield’s bill helping reserve police officers

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:40 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill that would task lawmakers with studying how the state can better meet the needs of reserve police officers.

Mayfield said that 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.

“Volunteers often don’t get the same resources that full-time officers do,” Mayfield said. “These people dedicate their free time to keeping their communities safe, and they deserve to be protected as well.”

Mayfield said for example, it’s not mandatory for reserve officers to be compensated for loss of income when injured while on duty.

“Policymakers need to look at any adjustments that should be made for these reserve officers, especially since some smaller communities rely so heavily on these volunteers,” Mayfield said.

House Bill 1555 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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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.

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