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.
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