Rep Iden legislation to improve protections to first responders corrections personnel approved

first_img Categories: Iden News,News The state House on Wednesday approved two separate bill packages including legislation by state Rep. Brandt Iden, updating protections to law enforcement, fireman, emergency medical personnel and corrections officials.“Over the past week alone, we’ve had three law enforcement officers shot at simply for being police arriving on scene,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “This is completely unacceptable. The state of Michigan must do all we can to stop these attacks and show these brave individuals who protect us that we have their backs.”In one of the bill packages, which will help protect police, fire department and emergency medical services personnel and corrections officers from being attacked, Iden’s legislation establishes a penalty of up to two years in prison for specifically targeting one of these public servants.“These selfless individuals are dedicated to responding when citizens need immediate help,” Iden said. “We must be united behind our law enforcement community and our first responders by prioritizing this legislation and ensuring that we protect those who put their lives on the line every day.”A second bill package will ban prisoners from knowingly throwing bodily material with the intent to strike or injure an officer, employee or volunteer in a prisoner-based environment such as a cell, transportation vehicle or common prisoner area.The bill would make these acts punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to four years of imprisonment.“The prisons and jails can be a challenging environment to work in. Hundreds of assaults were reported by Michigan corrections officers in 2016,” Iden said. “Purposefully being exposed to bodily fluids and the risk for disease and sickness from it is intolerable. We need to protect those working in the jails and prisons and make it very clear that that behavior is unacceptable.”The legislation has received broad law enforcement support, including from the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard C. Fuller III joined Iden in testifying before the Law and Justice Committee in 2017.Both bill packages, including Iden’s House Bills 4119 and 4591, advance to the Senate for its consideration.##### 01Feb Rep. Iden legislation to improve protections to first responders, corrections personnel approvedlast_img

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