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[r23] House stands up for those with Alzheimer’s
Start Date: 1/22/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/22/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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House stands up for those with Alzheimer’s 

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1044, authored by Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and co-authored by Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the House today with unanimous support.

HB 1044 specifies that the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy must provide training regarding persons with Alzheimer's disease or related senile dementia and missing endangered adults. This training will be added to the yearly, mandatory in-service training program. Currently, officers undergo training on autism, mental illness, addictive disorders, mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

“Our men and women in uniform should have the training and expertise to deal with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia,” said Rep. Friend. “This disease is becoming more widespread, and this bill will help law enforcement officers take proper action when interacting with people who have the disease.”

The story behind this bill dates back to June of last year. A 64-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease was Tasered five times by a police officer in a nursing home for failing to comply with requests for him to enter an ambulance. The man resisted police attempts to subdue him, was Tasered, and then when he again did not obey commands to roll onto his stomach he was Tasered four more times.

“This bill adds an essential layer of protection to a group of citizens who deserve to be respected and cared for,” Rep. Karickhoff said. “Police protection is one core service the government provides, and every Hoosier should feel secure in the fact that law enforcement officers are looking out for their best interests and know how to correctly handle any potential situation.”

After speaking with victim’s family, Rep. Friend decided to author HB 1044 in order to prevent incidents of this nature from happening again. The amount of people with Alzheimer’s is growing each year, increasing the likelihood of officers facing similar occurrences in the future. 

The Alzheimer’s Association reported in 2012 that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is projected to double by 2050, making the reality of this problem even more apparent.

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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