INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - A bill to help keep gang activity out of Indiana schools has been signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington testified for Senate Bill 352. He said gangs are everywhere in Indiana, including the Greater Lafayette area. The bill will provide educational training to school personnel to help them identify and prevent criminal gang activity.
Harrington said it would enable educators and law enforcement officials to address shifting trends in gang activity before it's too late.
"It's a bill focused on how to prevent and deter gangs from recruiting in schools and getting the message out to young kids that gangs aren't a way of life. They're a dead end," said Harrington.
The bill was authored by Senator Brandt Hershman (R-7), then Representative Randy Truitt (R-26) carried it in the House.
Harrington said schools have until 2017 to develop their awareness programs.
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