Governor signs High Tech Crime Unit Bill inspired by Tippecanoe Co

A criminal justice bill inspired by Tippecanoe County will become law. Governor Eric Holcomb signed the High Tech Crime Unit Bill in April.

Posted: May 17, 2021 8:10 PM
Updated: May 19, 2021 1:25 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A bill aiming to help our criminal justice system inspired by Tippecanoe County will become law Governor Eric Holcomb signed the High Tech Crime Unit Bill in April.

As we previously reported, people trained with the units take electronic devices and process them for evidence in a crime. There are currently only a few units that every prosecutor's office in the state relies on: Tippecanoe County, St. Joseph County and the Indiana State Police units.

This new law provides $3 million in state funding for 10 civilian-based HTCU's to be established across the state.

The bill passed with only one vote against it in both the house and senate. Prosecutor Patrick Harrington, who went to the statehouse to advocate for the bill to lawmakers, said the vote outcome shows its strength.

"This is not only a major piece of legislation to enhance the criminal justice system, but it also partners with education," he said.

The goal is to link these units with universities around the state so students get hands on, real world experience in processing evidence. Harrington said he's proud of the county's previous and continued contribution to High Tech Crime Units.

"Our supervisor Sean Leshney is one of the ones being tapped by the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, along with some others from St. Joseph County, to basically draft the models," he said.

There will be one unit per congressional district. The bill goes into effect on July 1st.

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