Two new 2010 Dodge Chargers are currently at work targeting those vehicles that pose a significant threat to the safety of citizens traveling west central Indiana highways.
The 2010 Dodge Chargers possess a V8, 368 horse power engine and automatic transmission. One is a fully marked white commission and the other, a plain white model.
The cars are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of police work. They are equipped with interior emergency lighting, multi-directional radar, and an electronic ticketing system.
The plain white version has been assigned to Master Trooper Don Farris.
Farris was chosen for the vehicle assignment based on his work ethic and outstanding traffic enforcement efforts for the past 30 years.
Master Trooper Farris graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit School in 1980. He is a Muncie native and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University.
He is the recipient of many ISP and other agency awards, three of which are the ISP Silver Star for Valor, the ISP "Million Accident Free Miles," and the Sagamore of the Wabash (the highest award presented by an Indiana governor).
Farris is also a past member of the Board of Directors for Indiana Operation Lifesaver, a railroad safety program.
He resides in Hendricks with his wife and three children.
A fully marked version has been assigned to Trooper Mike Wood, a four-year veteran of ISP.
Wood was given his new assignment as the recipient of the Putnamville District's Trooper of the Year award. The "Trooper of the Year" is bestowed on the trooper who possesses an all around superior work ethic in both traffic and criminal enforcement and he or she's commitment to the goals of the department and public safety.
Trooper Wood is an Owen County native and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana State University.
He is active in the ISP Youth Camps.
The issued Chargers will support the ISP high performance Ford Mustangs and Harley Davidson Motorcycles.