[r40] Rep. Steuerwald's Town Police Residency Bill Passes House (1/29/2008)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Start Date: 1/29/2008 All Day
End Date: 1/29/2008
 (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 29, 2008 - With the help of Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Hendricks County), town metropolitan police departments will soon receive more flexibility. House Bill 1114, which includes Rep. Steuerwald's town police officer residency amendment, was passed unanimously by the House.

Residency requirements for members of town metropolitan police departments are now the same as the residency requirements for city police departments, town marshal systems and city, town and township fire departments. In addition, a member appointed to a town metropolitan police department may reside either within the county in which the town is located or a contiguous county.

 "At the request of Brownsburg Police Chief Steve Carroll, and in conjunction with the Fraternal Order of Police, I was asked to remedy this issue," said Rep. Steuerwald. "This initiative provides more flexibility to small towns by allowing them to hire the most qualified individuals for the job, which, in return, will provide the best protection for citizens. In addition, it allows the town to limit use of patrol automobiles to within the town by ordinance. I am pleased to see this bill move forward."

Rep. Steuerwald authored House Bill 1142, which was later amended into House Bill 1114 by the Local Government Committee. HB 1114 now moves to the Senate.