Gregg/Hale Share Seven-Point Safety Plan
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg.
(Evansville, Ind.) – Indiana’s Democratic gubernatorial ticket is sharing their plan to make Indiana safer if elected this November.
John Gregg and running mate Christina Hale are challenging Republicans Eric Holcomb and Suzanne Crouch for the governor’s office. Speaking in Evansville on Thursday, Gregg and Hale unveiled their Safe Communities Plan. It is a seven-point strategy aimed at tackling the state’s problems with illegal drugs, sexual violence against children, cybercrime, and more.
“Ensuring that all Hoosiers are safe where they live, work and go to school is a fundamental responsibility of government and will be a hallmark of a Gregg/Hale administration,” said Gregg. “Too many Hoosiers are addicted to legal and illegal drugs, we haven’t been proactive enough in protecting our kids, and we need to do a better job of supporting those who protect us. We can’t neglect these important issues any longer, and, when I’m governor, we won’t.”
Gregg’s campaign says Indiana leads the nation in meth lab busts, is fifth in heroin, and 15th highest for opioid overdoses. He blames those rankings on a lack of treatment access.
To address the drug problem, Gregg and Hale propose a statewide drug treatment network made of new and existing treatment facilities. They also call for requirements for physicians and pharmacists to check the state’s prescription drug database more frequently to prevent addiction and overdoses.
Focusing Indiana State Police efforts in drug usage hot spots is another aspect of their strategy.
Gregg also calls for more community policing, citing positive results in other communities across the country. Their administration, if elected, would aid local governments and agencies in applying for federal grants. A statewide policing model of best practices and recommendations would be developed for police departments.
The Democratic candidates’ Safe Communities Plan also calls for supporting state police and law enforcement agencies, increasing opportunities for people to have past convictions expunged from their record, and creating tax credits for businesses who hire ex-offenders.
“John Gregg and I are about practical solutions and real results. We know that the success and growth of our economy are directly linked to the safety and security of our families and communities,” said Hale. “We will work with all communities, all stakeholders and all Hoosiers to take on these important issues and move Indiana forward.”