"It's a slower change of pace and a lot friendlier atmosphere here," ISP Trooper Darryl Cooley, a former Chicago resident, told The Brazil Times. "I've met some wonderful people here. It's a lot different than in Chicago. There, people don't have time for you. Here, people I don't even know will walk right up and start friendly conversations with me. It's really nice."
The recent academy graduate is one of two new members of the ISP Terre Haute District 32. Trooper James "Jim" Cruse is the other. They have worked several "special details" together recently.
"We graduated together," Cooley said. "We were at the Indianapolis 500, which I had never been to before. It was very interesting to see all the racecars and interact with all the troopers from the various districts."
They also participated in the 2009 ISP Respect for Law Camp and are scheduled for some upcoming special events.
"I'm really looking forward to going to the Indianapolis Black Expo and the motorcycle races in August," Cooley said. "(Being a trooper) is a great opportunity to see different things and meet some great people."
Cooley, 29, transferred from a college in Chicago to attend Indiana State University's elementary education program five years ago. A new job made him rethink his career goal.
"I've considered law enforcement for a long time, it was always in the back of my mind," he said. "When a job opening came available at the Vigo County Jail, I took it. It was different. I liked it a lot, so I changed my major to criminal justice."
Although Cooley lives in Terre Haute with his wife and four children, his job allows him the luxury to enjoy the beauty of Clay County's farmland while on patrol in his "traveling office."
"I like being out there on the road. I like being surrounded by nature all the time," Cooley said. "I have an office in my car. Everything -- a printer, my computer, cameras, everything I need to do my job -- is in my car."
And the new trooper enjoys his job.
"No day is the same and there's always something interesting to do," Cooley said. "This job is all about helping people, which is the best part. It's the main reason for doing it."