According to an e-mail statement provided by ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell, the "anniversary memorabilia serves to remind present day troopers that they are a part of the longstanding and fine professional service that has been the hallmark of the Indiana State Police since its inception so many years ago."
New ISP trooper badges, featuring both the flags of the United States and the State of Indiana along with the familiar State Police badge shape, have been designed for the special anniversary and are being issued to all of the troopers who purchased them. The special badge has been authorized for use only during 2008.
Clay County residents have two potential opportunities to see the anniversary cars because two local officers, Sgt. Joe Watts, of the Terre Haute ISP Post, and Sgt. Rich Myers, of the Putnamville ISP Post, will receive cars.
Watts, who works in the Wabash Valley area, already has his patrol unit and will use it while traveling in Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Clay counties.
Picking up his new car on Jan. 18, Myers will use his vehicle while traveling in Hendrix, Putnam and Morgan counties.
Both officers agreed the nostalgic memorabilia was something that troopers could take pride in, with Myers adding, "I haven't seen the car yet, but the badges are beautiful. I think this a great way for (troopers and the community) to celebrate and recognize ISP's 75 years of service to our community."