Yesterday, 46 probationary troopers from the 75th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class were issued their state police cars at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis. Four of the officers are assigned to the Indiana State Police Lowell Post and start solo patrol in the district which covers Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski counties.
The probationary officers recently completed a three month field training period with veteran troopers. They will serve a one year probationary period before attaining permanent status as a trooper.
In addition to the field training, the new officers received approximately 917 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques when they were assigned to the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. The curriculum included criminal law instruction, emergency vehicle operations training, psychology, and survival Spanish. They also developed skills in criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation, and impaired driver prevention and detection.
The new Lowell troopers now on solo patrol are:
Bobbie Crowder III is a native of Portage and a graduate of Portage High School. He owned “It’s About Time” in Hobart before being hired on the state police and was a member of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce.
Will Carlson is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School. He studied criminal justice at Moraine Community and Governor State Colleges. He was also a loss prevention officer at Sears.
James Brasseur (pronounced Brasso) is a native of Portage and a graduate of Portage High School. He is studying criminal justice at Purdue.
Brandon Alberts is a native of Peru and is a graduate of Peru High School. He is studying criminal justice at IU/PUI. He had previously worked at Central Lighting Service.