Indiana lawmakers back police Alzheimer's training

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Indiana police officers will face more training on interacting with people with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia under a proposal that's been approved by the Legislature.

The Indiana House voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of the bill previously approved by the Senate.

The bill would require the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to give recruits six hours of training in dealing with dementia patients. The academy would also establish a similar in-service training program for current officers.

Bill sponsor Rep. Bill Friend of Macy says he sought the increased training because he was dismayed by a Peru police officer's decision last year to use a stun gun five times on a combative 64-year-old nursing home resident with advanced Alzheimer's.

The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.

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