The Indiana House unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that will hold police more accountable and significantly improve their training.
Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon), the bill’s author, said all police will now have to undergo de-escalation training. The legislation also includes $70 million to improve facilities at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, which trains a majority of police across the state.
“Everything begins with training,” Steuerwald said. “The best training we can have will produce the best officers.”
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The measure makes it easier for the state to de-certify police who commit misconduct, even if the officer isn’t criminally charged. Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) said de-certification means they can’t work as police anymore.
“This legislation will also hold law enforcement officers accountable for their actions and prevent bad officers from bouncing from agency to agency,” Shackleford said.
The legislation also treats chokeholds like using a gun, only authorizing police to use them when deadly force is warranted.
The bill now heads to the Senate.