The ceremony honored and recognized individuals from around the state for their dedication to service, bravery and devotion to the department and the citizens of Indiana. Those individuals chosen were employees of the Indiana State Police Department and other public safety agencies.
The idea for the event was conceived by Indiana State Police Supt. Paul Whitesell, Ph.D.
Whitesell felt the need to publicly recognize the achievements and deeds of self-sacrifice and accomplishments.
Trooper Brandon Mullen was recognized and presented with two separate awards during the ceremony. He was awarded the 2009 Trooper of the Year for the Terre Haute District and the Indiana State Police Life award.
The command staff at the Terre Haute Post nominated Mullen for Trooper of the Year based on his dedication to his job, traffic and criminal enforcement efforts, special assignments, service as a Field Training Officer, traffic reconstruction duties, and other services performed for the department beyond normal expectations.
Mullen was presented the Indiana State Police Life award for his commitment to removing impaired drivers from Indiana roadways. In 2009, Mullen led the Terre Haute District with 72 DUI arrests. The Life award is presented to the trooper from each ISP District with the highest annual total of impaired driving arrests.
Trooper Mullen patrols the evening shift in Vigo County and resides in rural Vigo County with his wife and two children.
"Trooper Mullen is a conscientious and hard working officer who is very deserving of the awards presented to him," Terre Haute District acting commander First Sgt. Matt Mischler said.