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Police chiefs honor Wyss

The Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police recently recognized State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, for his 28 years of service in the General Assembly at the organization's mid-winter conference inIndianapolis.

The group awarded Wyss a lifetime membership, which is typically reserved to past presidents of the organization. He is only the second person to receive this award who has not served as a president. He also accepted the organization's Lifetime Service Award.

This is the third time the association has honored Wyss for his work. In 2013, he received the organization's Stand Your Ground Award, and in 2010, he accepted its Legislator of the Year Award.

"Senator Wyss' contribution to law enforcement and public safety for all of Indiana can't be measured in everyday terms," said Michael F. Ward, executive director of IACP. "He has been a loyal servant to his constituents and a strong advocate for all things related to public safety."

Wyss has spent decades advocating for public safety, including his push for tougher drunk driving rules and more recent work on homeland security.

In the Senate, Wyss serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs and is co-chair of the National Conference of State Legislators' Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Task Force.

Wyss is not seeking re-election after serving in the Senate since 1985.

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