Indiana lawmakers approve police education bill

Indiana Statehouse (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Indiana Statehouse (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New standards for police cultural sensitivity training and reporting of bullying-related suicides could become law pending the governor’s approval.

The Indiana Senate gave final approval to the bill in a 40-9 vote on Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence now must decide whether to sign the bill into law

If Pence supports the bill, police training would have to include information on the U nonimmigrant visa. The visa is given to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes.

Other education would focus on issues related to race, religion, gender and mental disabilities.

The bill also would create protocols for emergency medical providers to report suicides when bullying likely was involved. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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