The ceremony honored and recognized individuals from around the state for their dedication to service, bravery and devotion to the department as well as the citizens of Indiana.
The individuals chosen were employees of the Indiana State Police Department and other public safety agencies.
The idea for the event was conceived in 2006 by Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell.
Whitesell felt the need to publicly recognize the achievements and deeds of self-sacrifice and accomplishment that all too often go without the proper recognition.
Putnamville District Troopers Michael Finney and Brandon Mullen were both recognized and presented with awards.
Trooper Finney was recognized as the "2010 Trooper of the Year" for the Putnamville District.
The command staff nominated Finney, at the recommendation of Finney's fellow troopers, based on his dedication to his job, traffic and criminal enforcement efforts, special assignments, service as a Police Canine Handler, willingness to assist other state and federal agencies and performing services for the department beyond normal expectations.
Finney is also a past recipient of the ISP Meritorious Service Award.
Trooper Mullen was presented two awards for his dedication and commitment to reducing impaired drivers on Indiana roadways.
He was presented the "Life Award," for leading the Putnamville District in DUI arrests for 2010 with 116, and a "Top 5," DUI award for finishing 2010 as one of the top five troopers in the state in DUI enforcement.
Mullen is a past recipient of both the Life Award and the Trooper of the Year.
"A reflection of the Putnamville District's commitment and hard work for the citizens of Indiana was shown by the presentation of these awards," Putnamville District Commander Lt. Dan Jones said.