VERSAILLES — Two new state troopers, Gavin K. Ludwig of Chrisney and Clayton D. Saltzman of Boonville, were assigned to the Versailles Post this week. According to an FAI press release, the 81st Indiana State Police Recruiting Academy celebrated its grand opening on Thursday.
Twenty-nine new state police officers heard the oath of office from the Honorable Justice Christopher M. Goff of the Indiana Supreme Court before receiving their official identification and badges.
These officers have completed their modern police training of more than 1,100 hours over 25 weeks. Studies included, but were not limited to, defensive tactics, firearms, impaired driving detection, and de-escalation.
The mission of the Indiana State Police is to protect life and property in the State of Indiana from all threats, to investigate and deter criminals, and to promote traffic safety by respecting state laws, according to their website. New soldiers are expected to achieve these goals through effective patrolling, investigation, intelligence gathering and the innovative application of current technology.
Each graduating soldier was assigned to one of Indiana’s 14 state police stations. During their first three months, each new soldier will be assigned an experienced Field Training Officer to work alongside them.
This on-the-job training allows less experienced officers to practice the training they received through formal police training. Upon successful completion of this field training, new soldiers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and begin solo patrols in their district.