Rep. Bartels backs bill supporting law enforcement, transparency and accountability in policing

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, January 19, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2021) – The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code unanimously voted to advance a bill co-authored by State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) supporting local law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing.

Bartels, a member of the committee and a former police officer, 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.

"This legislation has been vetted extensively by lawmakers, police and advocacy groups, and we have overwhelming support," Bartels said. "As a U.S. Army veteran and former police officer, I shared my perspective to help my colleagues better understand the difficulties of officers' jobs and give feedback on how policies might work in the field. I think this bill is a positive step to increase transparency and support our local departments who are working hard to serve and protect our communities."

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 House Ways and Means Committee for consideration. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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