Mayfield works to include reserve officers in training programs

Mayfield works to include reserve officers in training programs

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, February 25, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2019) – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in favor of State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill that would increase opportunities for reserve officers to benefit from law enforcement continuing education programs.

According to Mayfield, the legislation helps a county, city or town law enforcement agency provide continuing education to appointed reserve police officers. Law enforcement officers receive training in topics ranging from handling incidents of abuse, restraining orders, and sudden infant death syndrome, to recertification in CPR, administering breath analyzer tests, and recognizing signs of human trafficking.

“In order to provide the level of public safety that all Hoosiers expect and deserve, it’s important to provide ongoing training to all officers, and this legislation would allow departments to cover the costs for reserve officers to be included in the necessary training,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield said her bill would allow any law enforcement agency throughout the state to use their Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fund to cover the training fees of reserve officers. She said reserve officers often have full police powers and must be properly trained in order to work independently.

House Bill 1552 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

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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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PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) prepares to present her legislation that would allow reserve officers to participate in law enforcement continuing education programs Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The bill would open up the Law Enforcement Continuing Education Fund to include reserve officer training to help relieve small law enforcement departments by covering training fees.