The Indiana State Police at Terre Haute would like to announce the 20th anniversary of three local troopers, Sgt. Joseph L. Watts, Cpl. Michael J. Capicik and Cpl. Thomas H. Hannon. The troopers were appointed to the department on November 10, 1985 after their graduation from the Indiana State Police Academy.
Sgt. Watts is currently the Public Information Officer for the Terre Haute Post. He began his career in 1984 as a dispatcher for the Terre Haute Post. Upon his graduation from Recruit School, he was assigned to road patrol duties, first in Vigo County and then Parke and Vermillion counties until his promotion to Corporal in 2001. In 2004, Watts was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Public Information Section. Sgt. Watts has served the department as a Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor and 10 years as a member of the Emergency Response Team (commonly known as SWAT).
Cpl. Hannon is currently a District Duty Officer at the Terre Haute Post. He is a day shift supervisor and performs administrative duties. Cpl. Hannon was initially assigned to road patrol duties in Sullivan County until his appointment to the Terre Haute District Methamphetamine Clandestine Lab team. He served in that capacity for nearly five years. He is a certified department instructor in Defensive Tactics, Firearms, First Responder and Emergency Vehicle Operations. He is currently a member of the Emergency Response Team.
Cpl. Capicik is currently assigned to the Motorcycle Patrol Division as a first line supervisor. Upon his graduation from Recruit School, he was assigned to road patrol duties in Parke and Vermillion counties. He was promoted to Corporal in 1991 and served as a District Duty Officer at the Terre Haute Post until 2004, where he was then selected to serve in the newly created Motorcycle Patrol Division. Cpl. Capicik has served as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon and SCUBA.