Beagle Honors Legacy Of Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper
Senate Bill 7, the "Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act" now law
June 04, 2013
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State Senators Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) Chris Widener (R–Springfield) today announced that Senate Bill 7 has been signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich. The bill, which the Senators jointly sponsored, is designed to keep law enforcement officers safe by giving them access to additional information on potentially dangerous suspects.
“Our law enforcement personnel put themselves in harms way every day to keep the people of Ohio safe,” said Beagle. “We owe it to these brave men and women to arm them with all the information we have so they can be prepared for any situation. We know all too well that this information can mean the difference between life or death and I’m glad that today we have taken this step to keep all Ohioans safe.”

The bill requires courts of law to enter all violent offense convictions where mental health evaluation or treatment is ordered into the Ohio law enforcement database known as "LEADS." This includes all cases where the suspect has been found not-guilty by reason of insanity. This LEADS entry will allow immediate access to public court records.
Senate Bill 7 was authored in response to a 2011 tragedy in Clark County where Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper was gunned down after approaching a suspect who, unbeknownst to her, had a history of violence toward police.
“The story of Deputy Suzanne Hopper is just one example of a local hero who has sacrificed their own life while serving and protecting our community,” said Widener. “I can think of no way to better honor her life than by taking every possible step to keep our citizens and protectors safe.”
With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 7 is now law and will go into effect in 90 days.

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