STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2019) – After unanimous support in the Senate, State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill opening up funding for reserve police officer training could soon become law.
The legislation allows law enforcement agencies throughout the state to use the Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fund to cover the training fees of reserve officers.
“For the safety of Hoosiers, it’s important that all police officers, including reserve officers, have access to continuing education,” Mayfield said. “This legislation would allow departments to cover the costs for reserve officers to be included in law enforcement training programs. It had bipartisan and unanimous support, because we all know how important it is to provide training to our officers.”
According to Mayfield, reserve officers often have full police powers and must be properly trained in order to work independently. With this legislation, they will receive training in topics ranging from handling incidents of abuse and sudden infant death syndrome, to recertification in CPR and administering breath analyzer tests.
CAPTION: State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) (left) welcomes Ellettsville Town Marshal Jimmie D. Durnil (right) to the Statehouse Thursday, March 28, 2019. Durnil joined Mayfield for a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Local Government and testified on her bill that would provide funding for local police departments to train reserve officers. After being approved by the House and the Senate, her bill now heads to the governor for his consideration as a new law.
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves on the
House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.
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