PENDELTON – Sergeant Robert Cross recently retired after serving 34 years with the Indiana State Police. The Pendleton Post hosted a reception to celebrate his service to the citizens of Indiana. He was presented with a wooden plaque and a ceremonial flag to honor him on his last day in uniform.
Sergeant Cross is a native of New Castle and has been a lifelong resident of Henry County. He attended New Castle High School before being hired by the Indiana State Police. He attended and graduated from the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit School in December of 1987. Upon graduation, Sgt. Cross was assigned to the Bremen Post and patrolled Elkhart County.
In 1990, he transferred to the Connersville Post where he patrolled Henry County. In 1999 Sgt. Cross was promoted to Detective and was reassigned to the Gaming Division where he served until 2003 when he transferred back to the Connersville Post. He was promoted to the rank of Squad Sergeant in 2007, where he served as a first-line supervisor and was responsible for supervising a squad of troopers. In 2010 the Connersville Post was closed and merged with the Pendleton Post.
During his career, Sgt. Cross served as a Field Training Officer and a Crash Reconstructionist.
Sgt. Cross plans to spend time with his wife and three adult children as he transitions from public servant to retired Indiana State Trooper. The Indiana State Police Pendleton Post wants to thank Sgt. Cross for his 34 years of service.