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May 2021

Supporting Those Who Protect Us

Indiana House Republicans are celebrating National Police Week, and we thank our state and local law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect all Hoosiers.

Our hardworking public safety officers deserve our support, and Indiana’s next two-year budget makes strong investments on behalf of the men and women who serve our communities.

The biennial budget dedicates $70 million to improve state training facilities and enhance programs and provides $3.5 million yearly for local law enforcement training grants. These additional funds will help our officers be better prepared for the situations they encounter to keep themselves and Hoosiers safe.

A new $10 million grant program will help local police departments purchase body-worn cameras, and legislators invested $20 million of federal stimulus dollars for the Indiana State Police to purchase body cameras. These devices increase accountability and transparency within policing, and also help maintain and strengthen relationships within communities.

Additionally, the budget provides salary increases for our state police, conservation and excise officers. We also invested $3 million to help expand the High Tech Crimes Unit Program so more crimes can be solved by using digital evidence, and $5 million annually to support the Indiana Crime Guns Task Force, which helps get dangerous criminals off our streets.

When our law enforcement officers have the tools, funding and training resources they need, they can better protect all Hoosiers and themselves. We thank our law enforcement officers across the state who make Indiana a better, safer place.

This week, four Indiana officers who died in the line of duty will have their names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. To Joseph Fishback Sr., Te’Juan Johnson, Breann Leath and Kenneth Lester, we honor your service.

Click here to learn about other virtual events throughout National Police Week.

Celebrating Visit Indiana Week

Hey Hoosiers, it’s Visit Indiana Week and time to kick off the summer travel season!

With 24 state parks, 15 state forests and 11 state historic sites throughout Indiana, now is a great opportunity to get out and explore our state.

Grab your Indiana State Nature Passport and check-in at 1 of 59 locations before May 8 to be eligible for prize packages. At the conclusion of Visit Indiana Week, Saturday, May 8, one lucky person will win a grand prize that includes a 2021 State Park Pass, $50 gift card for camping and a subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine.

Don’t have an Indiana State Nature Passport? Don’t worry, it’s free and easy to sign up. Just click here and be on your way to winning prizes when checking into 59 Hoosier outdoor locations.

Be sure to mark June 5-6 on your calendar for free admission to state parks, recreation areas, forests and reservoirs, and free fishing days on public waters.

Beyond our state’s natural beauty, check out Indiana’s attractions, shopping and agritoursim.

During Visit Indiana Week and beyond, let’s get out and explore all corners of Indiana. From the Hoosier National Forest spanning nine counties in South Central Indiana, to the Indiana Dunes State Park with three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, adventure awaits.

Visitindiana.com is ready to help Hoosiers get out and explore our great state. To learn more and start planning your next adventure, click here.

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