They were members of the 70th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, which graduated 43 probationary troopers March 4.
During the 24-week academy, recruits received approximately 840 hours of structured law enforcement training. Their curriculum included 80 hours of criminal law instruction, 50 hours of vehicle operations training, 30 hours of psychology, and 40 hours of "Survival Spanish."
They also developed skills in criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation and impaired driver detection.
Probationary Trooper Michael C. Organ is from Rosedale and is a graduate of Riverton Parke High School. He also graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. Previous law enforcement experience was earned while he was employed at the Rockville Correctional Facility.
Probationary Trooper Brian S. Thomas is a native of Connersville and graduate of Terre Haute North High School. He attended ISU where he majored in Criminology. He has previous law enforcement experience as a reserve deputy for the Vigo County Sheriff's Department and a supervisor for Vigo County Community Corrections.
All three will start 14 weeks of field training with experienced troopers. The program allows them to put the skills and knowledge gained in the academy setting to work in the field. Upon completion of the field-training program, they will receive their own patrol cars and begin solo road patrol responsibilities.