Democrat State Senator Jim Arnold of LaPorte was named Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police for providing outstanding service to the law enforcement community while serving as a state senator.
Arnold said that there are several issues that are important to him as he has personal experience serving as the LaPorte County Sheriff and 36 years in law enforcement.
Since joining the State Senate in 2007, Sen. Arnold has pushed several legislative initiatives in support law enforcement. In 2009, he successfully sponsored House Bill 1331 which requires all active duty officers be provided torso body armor regardless of local budget constraints.
Senator Arnold represents District 8 which covers the majority of LaPorte County, the western portion of St. Joseph County and five townships in Starke County.