TERRE HAUTE -- Six new troopers -- including a Clay County resident -- arrived for duty at the Terre Haute post on July 9.
The new troopers graduated from the 67th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy July 6.
The ceremony took place at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center with Chief Judge John G. Baker of the Indiana Court of Appeals administering the oath of office.This was the largest Indiana State Police recruit class in history with 121 graduating recruits.
Since Jan. 26, 2007, the probationary troopers received approximately 840 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques, 80 hours of criminal law instruction, 50 hours of vehicle operations training, 30 hours of psychology and 40 hours of Survival Spanish.
The troopers also developed skills in criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation and impaired driver prevention and detection.
The new troopers will be assigned to field training officers for at least three months and upon successful completion of the field training program, they will begin solo patrol in October.
The new troopers include Shilo R. Raulston of Clay County.
Raulston, 25, is a graduate of Terre Haute South High School and attended Indiana State University. He is a current member of the Indiana National Guard serving with the 138th Quartermaster. Raulston and his wife are expecting their first child.
Other new troopers include Robert R. Decker, Jason R. Kempf, David S. Petrowski, and Timothy D. Rader, all of Vigo County, and Joseph B. Robinson of Sullivan County.