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Three New Bloomington Troopers Receive Patrol Cars
Updated February 8, 2018 1:49 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - On Tuesday of this week, 32 Probationary Troopers from the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class were issued their patrol cars at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis.

Three of the officers are assigned to the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post and start solo patrol in the district which covers Monroe, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Brown and Lawrence Counties. The probationary officers recently completed a three month field training period with veteran troopers. They will also serve a one year probationary period before attaining permanent status as a trooper.

In addition to the field training, the new officers received approximately 917 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques when they were assigned to the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. The curriculum included criminal law instruction, emergency vehicle operations training, psychology, traffic law, crash investigations, self-defense, first responder and other general law enforcement related areas.

The new Bloomington Troopers now on solo patrol are:

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Matthew Hatchett - A native of Nashville, Indiana and a 2012 graduate of Brown County High School, Hatchett spent 1 year at Ivy Tech Bloomington and 1 year at the University of Southern Indiana studying Exercise Science. Prior to graduating from the Indiana State Police Academy, Probationary Trooper Hatchett served with the Indiana Capitol Police and the Nashville Indiana Police Department. He will primarily patrol Brown County.

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Wyatt Phillips - From Waverly in Morgan County and a 2009 graduate of the Decatur Discovery Academy. Probationary Trooper Phillips served in the United States Army for six years prior to his graduation from the ISP Academy. He will primarily patrol Owen County.

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Taylor Lowry - A Morgan County native, originally from Paragon, Lowry graduated from Martinsville High School in 2010 and then graduated from Vincennes University with a two year degree. Probationary Trooper Lowry also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves before graduating from the Indiana State Police Academy. He will primarily patrol Greene County.

For more information on becoming an Indiana State Trooper go to and click on the link "Career Opportunities." The deadline to apply for the next Indiana State Police Recruit School is February 25th.

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