Newly appointed trooper assigned to the Lafayette District

LAFAYETTE – On November 4, 2022, Probationary Trooper Austin Thomen graduated from the 83rd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy as a lateral recruit.

Trooper Austin Thomen

Thomen completed 16 weeks of academic and hands-on training in criminal and traffic law, crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, de-escalation, impaired driving detection, scenario-based training, and other classes necessary for modern policing. 

Thomen will now complete eight weeks of field training, working alongside several different experienced field training officers. After successfully completing this phase, Thomen will be issued his own police car and begin solo patrol in the Lafayette District.

Thomen is a native of Hendricks County and attended Plainfield High School, where he graduated in 2006. Thomen then attended Marian University, where he played football and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sports Performance in 2011. While in college, Thomen worked for the Indiana Department of Administration and continued to work there until he was hired by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. Thomen was a 9-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office before joining the Indiana State Police.

Thomen resides in Montgomery County with his wife, Trooper Alaina Thomen, and their two sons. Trooper Alaina Thomen is an 8-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. 

Individuals seeking information on a career as an Indiana State Trooper should visit the website at This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process, as well as career information about the Indiana State Police Department.