Monday, May 17, 2021
In order to continue supporting the many brave men and women who choose to put their lives on the line to protect and serve us, Senate Republicans included a number of funding increases for various law enforcement initiatives in the state's new two-year budget.
The General Assembly allocated $70 million for improvements to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, $30 million for body cameras, $5 million to provide raises to state police, conservation and excise officers, $8 million to establish a High Tech Crimes Unit and $7 million to upgrade safety gear for correctional officers.
Additionally, separate legislation was passed to create the Indiana Crime Guns Task Force. This multi-agency collaboration will track the ballistics and forensic data from guns used to commit crimes across central Indiana. This will expand a partnership already in place between Fishers and Indianapolis that is working to track illegal guns in order to link them to violent criminals and unsolved crimes in the area.
Supporting our law enforcement officers is vital to sustaining our local communities, and these investments will go a long way in ensuring we are all safe and secure.
To learn about these bills and others passed this session, click here.