Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) is the bill's author.
Currently, general correctional officers don't have the power to arrest or detain an individual who has violated a correctional facility's regulations. Under House Bill 1132, two appointed correctional police officers will be given the power to detain or arrest individuals to keep order in a correctional facility.
"Ensuring that prisons have the tools to keep order is a must," said Rep. Dermody. "House Bill 1132 not only creates correctional police officers to further protect prisons, it assists law enforcement officers in their daily work of protecting the safety of Hoosiers."
Under House Bill 1132, those appointed have correctional police officer's police powers when:
The bill requires a correctional police officer to complete a pre-basic training course approved by the law enforcement training board, and any other training course established by the department of correction in conjunction with the law enforcement training board. Training includes classroom and skills training in the proper application of:
Rep. Dermody sits on the House Ways and Means and Small Business and Economic Development committees. Rep. Dermody can be reached at h20@IN.gov or by phone at 1-800-382-9841.