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Arnold sponsors proposal to expand officer training for Alzheimer’s patients
Start Date: 3/12/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/13/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate recently passed a House measure sponsored by State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) to improve public safety training for police officers.

"Officers receive training for numerous situations, but we also need to create better guidelines for how they respond to individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia,” Sen. Arnold said. “This bill allows our law enforcement officials to safely interact with these adults.”

House Bill (HB) 1044 would require law enforcement officers to receive training for interactions with individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Currently, officers only receive training for missing persons cases. However, Sen. Arnold’s legislation provides training for interacting with missing endangered adults to be provided by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Further additional training would be incorporated into annual training updates.

HB 1044 unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, and the full Senate, 47-0. The bill will now return to the House of Representatives where the author of the bill will have the opportunity to consider changes made in the Senate.

Sen. Arnold represents District 8 in the Indiana State Senate which encompasses the majority of LaPorte County including the City of LaPorte and the eastern part of Michigan City. It also includes western St. Joseph County and Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson townships in Starke County.

For more information on Sen. Arnold, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit


 NOTE: A photo of Sen. Jim Arnold can be downloaded at:

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
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