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Sheriffs, chiefs of police highlight Joe’s tireless efforts on behalf of the law enforcement community at bipartisan roundtable

Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police from across northern Indiana hosted a roundtable discussion this morning at the Porter County Sheriff’s Office in Valparaiso to praise Joe Donnelly’s efforts as an advocate for law enforcement in the Senate.

Attendees spoke about several of the victories Joe delivered for the Law Enforcement community in the Senate, including:

Joe’s Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for agencies to establish or enhance mental health services for their officers. President Trump signed Joe’s bill into law earlier this year.

Joe has worked to address the scourge of opioid abuse which has gripped too many of the communities that members of law enforcement protect and serve. Language that Joe wrote to modernize prescribing practices and increase awareness was included in 2016’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Last year, he brought $11 million in funds from the 21st Century Cures Act to Indiana.

Joe expanded High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) designations to Marion and Laporte counties and increased funding for the HIDTA program so that counties can better coordinate with each other to intercept drug trafficking.

Joe has consistently pushed for robust funding for the Byrne JAG program, which supports law enforcement agencies in their efforts to address the specific public safety and criminal justice challenges facing their communities.

This morning’s event was the first in a series of bipartisan law enforcement roundtables that Joe will hold across Indiana. Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds hosted today’s roundtable with Joe. They were joined by Laporte County Sheriff John Boyd, Starke County Sheriff William Dulin and Chiefs of Police from Burns Harbor, Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster, and Ogden Dunes.

“Joe Donnelly has proven to be a champion for the law enforcement community through his tireless efforts to get the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act signed into law," said Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds. "He recognizes the stress and strain of the job and the importance of ensuring officers have what they need to keep themselves and their communities safe. We need more voices in Washington like Joe who have the back of the law enforcement community and who are willing to work hard and reach across the aisle to deliver results.”