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Fishers & Lawrence police endorse State Sen. Kyle Walker – Hamilton County Reporter

Commend Walker’s efforts to reduce crime in central Indiana

Submitted by Walker for Indiana

Local law enforcement organizations in Fishers and Lawrence announced their support on Wednesday for State Senator Kyle Walker in his re-election campaign for Senate District 31. Senate District 31 encompasses parts of Hamilton and Marion counties, including all of Fishers and part of Lawrence.

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The Fishers Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 199 and the Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 159 cited Walker’s record on advancing efforts to reduce crime in Central Indiana and support law enforcement.

“Senator Walker has taken meaningful action to help reduce crime across our region and support local law enforcement officers as we protect and serve,” said Christopher Owens, President of the Fishers FOP Lodge 199. “Senator Walker has worked closely with our Fishers police officers to support, amplify and strengthen the work we’re doing to keep the community safe.”

In the Senate, Walker sponsored legislation to expand an innovative partnership between the Fishers Police Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) to track guns used to commit crimes across Central Indiana and bring more violent criminals to justice (HEA 1558). Over the last year since its creation, the Indiana Crime Guns Task Force has seized 369 illegal firearms, leading to the arrests of 397 repeat violent offenders.

Walker also authored legislation to improve electronic monitoring of offenders to prevent them from going on to commit additional crimes while under surveillance (SEA 9), which is a growing problem in the region. Marion County has more offenses on electrical monitoring than Cook County, Ill., where Chicago is located. The new law provides more oversight of this program, improves response time if a monitor is disabled, and ensures victims are notified.

In its endorsement, the Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 159 thanked Walker for being an advocate for Lawrence law enforcement and the community.

“Senator Walker is a strong supporter of Lawrence law enforcement and the citizens we serve,” said Brandon Raftery, President of the Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 159. “He listens to and understands the challenges officers face and has been a leader in passing legislation that gives police officers the tools and resources we need to protect the Lawrence community.”

Walker co-sponsored landmark, bipartisan law enforcement legislation in 2021 that provided expanded training for police officers (HEA 1006), and supported the state budget which gave raises to state police and excise officers and increased funding for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and for others crime reduction programs (HEA 1001). Walker also authored the Marion County Crime Reduction Pilot Program to encourage law enforcement collaboration to tackle violent crime in the region (SEA 7), as well as bipartisan legislation to protect the identities of child crime victims (SEA 117).

Walker is a citizen member of the Central Indiana Police Foundation, and has also been endorsed by the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association and the Indiana Professional Firefighters PAC.

Walker is also endorsed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana AFL-CIO and the Indiana State Pipe Trades Association.

For more information visit WalkerforIndiana.com.

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