(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana has 47 new troopers assigned to State Police Districts that are now on solo patrol.
ISP Sgt. Curt Durnil says, members of the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit School that graduated on December 21, 2012 received their patrol cars Monday at the Indiana State Police Museum, located at the Indiana State Police Indianapolis District.
The troopers received approximately 917 hours of structured training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Their curriculum included; administrative subjects, general police subjects, investigations/criminal subjects, criminal and traffic law subjects.
The new troopers then completed a three month field training period with seasoned troopers where they were observed applying the knowledge and training that had been gained at the academy and applying it to real life situations.
Of the 47 probationary troopers, two are assigned to the Bloomington Post; Trooper Randy VanArsdale and Trooper Michael Tummers.
Trooper VanArsdale, 36, is a native of Freedom and a 1994 graduate of White River Valley High School in Greene County. VanArsdale attended Ivy Tech State College. Trooper VanArsdale served as an Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspector before becoming the Gosport Town Marshal. VanArsdale and his wife reside in Owen County and have six children.
Trooper Michael Tummers, is a native of Mooresville, and a 2002 graduate of Mooresville High School. He later attended Ivy Tech State College. Trooper Tummers served in the United States Army for five years before becoming an Indiana State Trooper. Tummers and his wife reside in Morgan County and have two children.
Trooper Randy VanArsdale
Trooper Michael Tummers
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