Each year, dedicated men and women choose to serve and protect our State by joining one of our many outstanding law enforcement agencies. Often, these public servants put on their uniform and have no idea what their next shift could entail. From responding to a dangerous situation, to providing first aid before medics arrive, our local law enforcement officers serve as part of the fabric of our community and they deserve the critical resources they need to protect Hoosiers. I also believe in working with our public safety officials to increase accountability and transparency for all departments.
Recently, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new initiatives to support law enforcement, which included working with a third-party group to review the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy's curriculum and training. The Governor also committed to work with the state legislature to add more civilian representation to the ILEA Training Board. It is important that we review how we train our officers, as the needs of our community constantly evolve. We must remain nimble and adapt to those changes.
By next spring, the Governor will also require state troopers on the frontline to use body and dash cams. These cameras provide a firsthand look at how events unfolded, and will provide accountability and protection to both officers and members of our community. Many in our community have requested use of this new technology, which I believe will be vital to the future of law enforcement across the State.
As usual, Indiana will lead on these important issues. I support our officers and appreciate the tough job they do each and every day. I am committed to working with our law enforcement agencies, and our community, to improve the quality and transparency of our law enforcement system. The expanded use of body and dash cams, enhanced training, and transparency are just a few of the ways we can meet the challenges of our day. I look forward to continuing these conversations with you. If you have input on these issues or others, please reach out to me by calling 317-234-3827 or emailing H88@iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) represents House District 88,
which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.
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