Gov. Holcomb Addresses Indiana on Equity and Inclusion

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb held a live update on Tuesday where he made several announcements surrounding the topic of equity and inclusion in the state, including the creation of a new position within the Governor's Cabinet and the requirement of body cameras for frontline state law enforcement troopers.

Posted: Aug 18, 2020 1:08 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2020 1:09 PM

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb addressed the Hoosier State on equity and inclusion.

Gov. Holcomb made several announcements during his live address on Tuesday, including the creation of a new position within the Governor's Cabinet and the requirement of body cameras for frontline state law enforcement troopers.

“What I’ve laid out today are actions in a broad effort to make sure Indiana is a place where every Hoosier has an equal opportunity and access to achieve our founders’ vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Achieving that vision requires we address root causes and remove barriers that have built up for centuries.”

Holcomb Creates New Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity Officer

During Gov. Holcomb's address, he announced the creation of Indiana's first-ever Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity Officer.

According to the governor, the officer will focus on improving equity, inclusion, and opportunity across all state government operations. Additionally, Holcomb says the Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity Officer will drive systemic change to remove hurdles in the government workplace and services the state provides.

Additionally, the officer will help state agencies develop their own strategic plans to remove barriers. The officer will be a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and report directly to the Governor.

Body Cameras for Every Frontline Indiana State Police Trooper

Gov. Holcomb also announced on Tuesday that he'll require the use of body cameras for every frontline Indiana State Police trooper by the spring of 2021.

In addition, Holcomb will require a third-party review of state police and law enforcement academy curriculum and training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). 65% of the state’s law enforcement officers — including sheriff’s deputies, municipal law enforcement officers, Indiana State Police troopers, and conservation officers — receive some form of training at the academy.

The governor says he's committed to working with the state legislature to add more civilian representation to the ILEA Training Board.

Holcomb says he will direct the state’s Management Performance Hub to create a Public Disparity Data Portal to show how our state programs are working.

The Governor said he'll continue working with legislators, the judiciary, local sheriffs, and prosecutors on potential legislation including sentencing reform and jail overcrowding. He also has asked the Commission for Higher Education, the Department of Workforce Development, and the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to submit recommendations on how the state can adjust policies for workforce programs.

“For my part, I commit to you that I will work to be a barrier buster. I commit to bring greater equity and opportunity within your state government and the services you entrust us to provide, so that every Hoosier can take full advantage of their gifts and potential,” Gov. Holcomb said.

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