Indiana has 48 new probationary troopers assigned to state police districts across the state. Members of the 72nd Indiana State Police Academy took their oath of office on Dec. 21 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
They include Bernard McGee of Terre Haute, assigned to Lafayette District, Erik Smith of Terre Haute, assigned to Putnamville District, and Scott Parkes of Bloomfield, assigned to Sellersburg District.
Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell recognized the accomplishments of the class upon their graduation from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Following the keynote address by Daniels, Chief Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the recruits.
The recruits received about 930 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques since July 8. 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, along with 47 hours of vehicle crash investigation and training related to impaired driver detection.
“During the academy, these recruits have been equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be a trooper,” said Whitesell. “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.
On Dec. 17 Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell announced the promotion of senior trooper Joseph A. Rutledge to sergeant. In this capacity, Rutledge will serve as a district squad leader and supervise road troopers assigned to Parke and Vermillion counties. Rutledge received his promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.
Rutledge is an 11-year veteran of the department. He is a Knox County native and a graduate of South Knox High School and Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.
After graduating from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December of 2001, Rutledge was initially assigned to the Lafayette District. In 2003, he transferred to the former Terre Haute District where he patrolled Parke and Vermillion counties.
Rutledge is a current member of the ISP Tactical Intervention Platoon and the Hostage Crisis Negotiator Team. Rutledge was the recipient of the former Terre Haute District’s 2008 “Trooper of the Year Award.” At the time of his promotion to sergeant, Rutledge was a member of the ISP High Performance Vehicle Program where he patrolled using a high performance Ford Mustang.
“Sergeant Rutledge has the knowledge and skill sets to be an effective leader and will make a great addition to our command staff here at the Putnamville District,” said Lt. Dan Jones, commander of the Putnamville District.
Rutledge resides in rural Vigo County with his wife of 13-years, Kristina, and their two sons Jacob and Kaleb.