Schaibley: Bill supporting law enforcement, transparency and accountability advances to House

Posted by: Andi Sommers  | Monday, January 25, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 25, 2021) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code unanimously voted recently to advance a bill supporting local law enforcement, and boosting accountability and transparency in policing, according to State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel). 

Schaibley, who is the vice chair of the committee, said the bill 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.

"Our public safety officials risk their lives for our communities and state every day, and this bill would provide them with the tools they need to better serve Hoosiers," Schaibley said. "Many components of this legislation came together out of collaboration between law enforcement, legislators and community advocates. This is a direct result of stakeholders working together to find common ground on issues that matter most to Hoosiers."

Voicing support for House Bill 1006 are 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, Hoosier State Press Association, Inc., the Indy Chamber of Commerce and the Public Defender Commission.

Schaibley said she will also support efforts to invest in much-needed facility upgrades at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, which hasn't been updated since the 1970s, and improved training programs.

House Bill 1006 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. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) represents House District 24,
which includes portions of Boone and Hamilton counties.
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