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Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to re-evaluate training methods

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb talks with executives from Doral Renewables on Oct. 14, 2021, in Starke County. (Photo Provided/Gov. Eric Holcomb via Twitter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday released the findings of an independent review of all state-level law enforcement agencies.

The report looked at the curriculum, training standards, policies and practices, and made several recommendations.

According to the governor’s office, some of those recommendations have already been implemented by Indiana State Police. They include:

  • Issuing body-worn cameras for all state troopers on the frontlines.
  • Developing a strategic recruitment plan to accomplish diversity goals.
  • Releasing an annual report with the goal of transparency.
  • Implementing a system that tracks use-of-force incidents for review and analysis to improve training.

The governor’s office says the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield has committed to establishing a work group to re-evaluate training methods that include these topics:

  • Implicit bias.
  • Developing more online training.
  • Creating programs to include more scenario-based training.
  • Developing and implementing a de-escalation response program for those suffering from a mental health crisis.