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Two ISP officers named new detectives at Terre Haute Post

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Samuel J. Stearley
Terre Haute -- After completion of written testing and a competitive interview process, Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell announced the reclassification of two Terre Haute Post troopers to the position of detectives, effective February 24, 2008.

A Clay County native, Master Trooper Samuel J. Stearley, a 20-year ISP veteran, graduated from Brazil High School and attended Ivy Tech Community College. During his first two years on the department Stearley was assigned to the Indiana Toll Road District before being transferred to the Terre Haute District, where he has patrolled Clay County for the past 18 years.

Detective Stearley served four years on the Tactical Intervention Platoon and one year as a Field Training Officer. He is a past Speed Timing Device instructor and most recently a 15-year Firearms Instructor.

Thomas C. Hanks
A father of four, Det. Stearley currently resides in Clay County.

Trooper Thomas C. Hanks, a 7-year ISP veteran, is a Sullivan County native. He graduated from Sullivan High School and then Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology.

During Hanks' first three years on the department he was assigned to the Lafayette District before being transferred to the Terre Haute post. He has patrolled Sullivan County for the past four years.

Det. Hanks has served on the Tactical Intervention Platoon for seven years and as a Field Training Officer for three years.

Married, Hanks is the father of one son. The family resides in Sullivan.

The Terre Haute District, which is comprised of Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties, currently has five criminal investigators, two criminal investigation supervisors and one crime scene technician.

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