(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana has 38 new probationary troopers assigned to state police districts throughout the state including the Bloomington, Jasper and Sellersburg posts.
Assigned to Bloomington Post are Ryan Belcher and Dustin Mathews. At the Jasper Post Kurtis Blunk and Jeremy Galloway and at Sellersburg, Joshua Graves and Nicholas Yeager.
Members of the 71st Indiana State Police Academy took their oath of office on March 16, 2012 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
Governor Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. and Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D., recognized the accomplishments of the class upon their graduation from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.
Following the keynote address by Governor Daniels, Acting Chief Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the recruits.
The recruits received approximately 930 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques since October 2, 2011. Their curriculum included 80 hours of criminal law instruction, 80 hours of vehicle operations training and 47 hours of traffic law. They also developed skills in criminal investigation, 47 hours of vehicle crash investigation and several training hours of impaired driver prevention and detection.
"During the academy, these recruits have been equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be a trooper," said Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D. "Now it is time to put those skills to work for the people of Indiana."
Recruits come to the academy from different walks of life. Some had served in the military; many entered the academy directly after college. Newly sworn officers look forward to a future with the Indiana State Police and are part of the Governor's continued commitment to public safety.
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