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Police, firefighters push for allowing residency outside Indiana

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some police and firefighters living in the 36 border counties in Indiana are fighting for the chance to live in nearby states rather than the Hoosier state. South Bend police officer Blake Paturalski has two children and one on the way. Recently, he had what he calls a “unique […]

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Gubernatorial candidates discuss violence, vouchers and mass transit

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time, gubernatorial candidates Democrat John Gregg, Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell took the stage together at Central Library Sunday to discuss issues regarding public transit, school choice vouchers and recent perceived police violence. Public Transit Infrastructure in the Hoosier state could make […]

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Gregg reveals plan to fight crime, drug epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A seven-part public safety plan unveiled by Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg Thursday is designed to tackle the state’s drug epidemic and cybercrimes. The “Safe Communities Plan” also lays out his strategies to combat sexual violence against children, reduce recidivism and offer support to state and local law enforcement […]

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Indiana law enforcement helping keep the peace at the Republican convention

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com CLEVELAND — More than 100 Indiana State Police officers are protecting political leaders, delegates and the thousands of other people in attendance at the Republican National Convention. “We are on the front lines,” said Indiana State Police Captain David Bursten when explaining why officers are in Cleveland this week. “We are on […]

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Commentary: Rage finds a trigger

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So many souls lost. So many scars upon the land. The mass shooting in Dallas, Texas, of 12 police officers that killed at least five of them followed by a day the shooting of a black man by a police officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Which […]

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State officials react to the Dallas shooting

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State and local leaders are expressing their condolences for those involved in the overnight Dallas shootings and voicing support for local law enforcement. “Our condolences and prayers go out to the families of the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the horrific ambush in Dallas last night,” […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Shelters required to spay or neuter pets

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1.  INDIANAPOLIS – Before going to their forever home, animals adopted from Indiana shelters will have to be spayed or neutered due to a new law. The new […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Traffic tickets in apartment complex parking lots

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – Starting July 1, law enforcement officers will be allowed to issue tickets in apartment complexes for traffic violations such as speeding, driving on the wrong […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Rules for preserving police body camera video

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – Accountability for law enforcement is expected to increase with the implementation of police body cameras and new rules on what agencies should do with the […]

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Body cam bill goes to the governor without excessive force provision

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rules for accessing police body camera and dash camera video are headed to the governor for his approval. “We were dealing with the very difficult issue when you’re trying to balance public records, disclosure, transparency, but also be protective of people’s privacy rights,” said Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City. […]

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