JPD Has New Patrol Officer; ISP Jasper Post Has Four New Troopers (PHOTOS)

JPD Officer Brent Duncan with Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz at his swearing in ceremony this morning at Jasper City Hall.  PHOTO: Mayor Seitz

JPD Officer Brent Duncan with Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz at his swearing in ceremony this morning at Jasper City Hall.
PHOTO: Mayor Seitz

JASPER (NNDC) – Brent Duncan was sworn in this morning as the newest officer of the Jasper Police Department.

The 24-year old Duncan took the officer’s pledge this morning at Jasper’s city hall. His father, Dave Duncan, pinned his badge onto his son’s uniform.

Duncan is from Huntingburg but will soon move to Jasper. He will soon be on his way to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy of training. That begins next month.

Duncan is a graduate of Southridge High School. He has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

Before becoming JPD’s newest officer, he worked for Best Home Furnishings in Ferdinand. He was also a resource officer for the City of Huntingburg.

Duncan is filling the officer position on the JPD force that was once manned by Jason Knies. Knies is now the new resource officer for the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation.

Meanwhile, the 42 newest members of the Indiana State Police reported for duty today at the 14 State Police Posts across the state.

The Jasper District of the Indiana State Police has four new troopers from the 74th Recruit Academy took their oath of office to serve and protect the citizens of the State of Indiana.

(L to R): Trooper Greene, Trooper Mears, Trooper Gillespie, Trooper Nanney  Indiana State Police Photo

(L to R): Trooper Greene, Trooper Mears, Trooper Gillespie, Trooper Nanney
Indiana State Police Photo

They are Troopers Samuel Gillespie, Kaitlyn Greene, Justin Mears, and Paul Nanney. The four will work alongside seasoned troopers for the next three months prior to working within their assignments on solo patrol.

Trooper Gillespie, originally from Bedford, Indiana, graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School and Danville Area Community College (Danville, Illinois), where he majored in Psychology. Trooper Gillespie is the grandson of Trooper Robert C. Gillespie, who was killed in the line of duty on June 8, 1962. Trooper Gillespie will primarily patrol Orange County.

Trooper Greene, originally from Rockport, Indiana, graduated from South Spencer High School in 2009 and attended the University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University, receiving an Associates Degree. Greene is an active volunteer member of the Chrisney Fire Department, Spencer County Search and Rescue, and Spencer County Water Rescue Team. Greene is the daughter of Sergeant Sherri Heichelbech and becomes the first mother-daughter active duty relationship on the department. Trooper Greene will primarily patrol Spencer County.

Trooper Mears, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, attended Fern Creek Traditional High School and Jefferson Community College (both in Louisville, Kentucky), with a major in Criminal Justice. Mears holds a student pilot’s license and has over 100 hours of aircraft flight time. Trooper Mears will primarily patrol Crawford County.

Trooper Nanney, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, was home schooled through high school and attended Jefferson Community and Technical College (Louisville, Kentucky), where he majored in Communications. Nanney worked as a Correctional Officer at the Roederer Correctional Complex (LaGrange, Kentucky) prior to attending the State Police Academy. Trooper Nanney will primarily patrol Crawford County.

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