McNamara votes for bill supporting law enforcement, transparency and accountability in policing

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, January 15, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 15, 2021) – The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code unanimously voted to advance a bill State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) co-authored supporting local law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing.

McNamara, chair of the committee, said this 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.

"We have been working on this legislation since the spring, making sure to include local and state police departments, policymakers and other community leaders in the conversation at every step," McNamara said. "Law enforcement officers already do a tremendous job protecting Hoosiers. This bill would increase transparency and accountability to help our local officers and departments, and ultimately build on the relationships they have with the people they serve."

House Bill 1006 received support from many stakeholder groups, including 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 and the Public Defender Commission.  

This legislation now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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