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[ISP] Pendleton District Gets Five New Troopers
Start Date: 5/13/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/13/2014
Entry Description
Pendleton – Five new troopers reported for duty at the Indiana State Police Post in Pendleton today. They are five of the 47 new troopers reporting to their districts of assignment following graduation from the 73rd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on Friday, May 1st.

On November 10, 2013 the class began 25 weeks of intense training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. During the training period the recruits received approximately 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 300 hours of hands-on practical and scenario based training exercises.

Governor Mike Pence and Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter recognized the accomplishments of the class and following the keynote address by Governor Pence, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, the Honorable Brent E. Dickson administered the oath of office to the graduates.

Earnest Paige Jr. is age 25 and is from Fort Wayne. He graduated from R. Nelson Snider in 2006, then Indiana State University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, then in 2013 with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He will be assigned to the Central Zone of Henry and Wayne Counties.

Andrew Taylor is 24 years old and is from Louisville Ky. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2008, and from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2012 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He will be assigned to South Zone of Fayette, Union and Rush Counties.

Stephen L. Tipton is 22 years old and is from Liberty Indiana. He graduated from Union County High School in 2010 and has been attending I.U. East studying Criminal Justice. He also will be assigned to the Pendleton District South Zone.

Bradley Tucker is 39 years old and is from Muncie. He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1993 and has attended Ball State University studying Criminal Justice. He will be assigned to the central zone of Wayne and Henry Counties.

Mark Hanna is 23 years old and is from Markleville Indiana. He graduated from Pendleton Heights in 2009 and Ball State University in 2013. He will also be assigned to the central zone of Wayne and Henry Counties.

The five new troopers will continue their training for the next three months as part of the ISP Field Training Program. The Field Training Program pairs new troopers with veteran troopers, or Field Training Officers, (FTO’s,) to allow the new troopers to take what they learned in the recruit academy and apply it in the field under the close supervision of the FTO. Upon successful completion of their field training, they will be issued their own commissions and be assigned solo patrol responsibilities.

Pictured in the photograph are, from left to right: Mark Hanna, Bradley Tucker, Stephen Tipton, Ernest Paige and Andrew Taylor
Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. John Bowling
Phone: 765-778-2121
Pendleton District Troopers
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