Master Trooper Chip McKee, a 16-year veteran of ISP, was selected for the position by General Headquarters personnel and sent to the Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle Training Program in Ontario, Canada.
Upon completion of the two-week school in May, McKee was awarded his 2011 Harley Davidson Patrol Motorcycle adorned with ISP logo and equipment.
McKee now patrols the six Putnamville District counties, including Clay, Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Putnam and Sullivan.
In his new capacity, McKee will target driving behaviors that contribute to vehicle crashes, raise awareness to motorcycle safety, conduct VIP escorts and military escorts, participate in local parades and assist with public information programs on motorcycle safety within the district.
He will also be assigned to various traffic safety details at large events around the state.
The ISP issued Harley Davidson or Indian motorcycles to the first troopers in 1933. Cars were introduced in 1939. The department now has 25 troopers assigned to the motor patrol section and they all ride Harley Davidsons.
McKee is a Marshall County native and a graduate of Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.
He also served the nation in the United States Army from 1982-93, where he attained the rank of Captain of Infantry.
After his appointment to ISP in 1995, he was initially assigned to the Lowell District where he served as a trooper and later as a gaming detective in the Gaming Division.
McKee transferred to the former Terre Haute District in 2006 and patrolled Vigo County until his new assignment in motor patrol.
McKee and his wife Sue reside in Vigo County.