ISP Assigns Four To Jasper Post After 76th Academy Graduation (w/Photos)

Nathan Kern of Jasper receiving the ISP Firearms Proficiency Award

Nathan Kern of Jasper receiving the ISP Firearms Proficiency Award

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – The Indiana State Police Recruit Academy held its 76th graduation ceremony in the south atrium of the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda Friday evening.  (PHOTOS provided by Indiana State Police / Click each for larger view)

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter addressed the graduating recruits, followed by a keynote address from Michigan State Police Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue.  After the keynote address the oath of office for the 55 new state police officers was delivered by the Honorable Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff.

Four of the 55 graduates are being assigned to the Jasper post including Probationary Trooper Nathaniel Kern of Jasper.  Friday, Kern received the Firearms Proficiency Award during the ceremony.  To earn the award, Kern achieved the highest score in a handgun and shotgun qualification course at the Academy.  A U. S. Army veteran, Kern has served the Jasper community as a volunteer firefighter.

Connor Giesler of Jasper's near record vertical jump of just under 36' 5"

Connor Giesler of Jasper’s near record vertical jump of just under 36′ 5″

Kern will be joined at the Jasper Post by another Jasper native… Connor Giesler as well as Ryan Griffith of Marengo and Steven Nolan of Loogootee.   Giesler nearly equaled the Academy’s vertical jump record mark during its physical training which was actually set during this Academy by Zane Sparks, son of Anderson Police Chief Darron Sparks.  The record jump: 36.5 inches.

The 76th Indiana State Police Academy graduating class leaving the rotunda of the Indiana State Captial Friday night.

The 76th Indiana State Police Academy graduating class leaving the rotunda of the Indiana State Captial Friday night.

Another Jasper resident is also a member of the graduating class.  Casey Boeckman has been assigned to the Evansville Post.

Meanwhile, Friday’s graduation marked the culmination of 22 weeks of intense training exceeding 950 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.

Each graduating trooper will now report to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana.  Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO). The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received throughout the duration of the academy. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be issued their state police patrol vehicle and will begin patrolling in their districts and communities on their own.

 

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