Putnamville -- On Monday, March 26, Probationary Troopers Jonathan M. Cumbie, Yan J. Dravigne and Michael L. Featherling reported to the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post for their first official day. They were members of the 71st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, which graduated 38 probationary troopers on March 16, 2012.
During the 24-week academy, recruits received approximately 840 hours of structured law enforcement training. Their curriculum included criminal and traffic law, emergency vehicle operations, firearms, psychology, criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation, survival Spanish, impaired driver detection and other police related topics.
Probationary Trooper Jonathon M. Cumbie is from Danville, Ind., and a graduate of Danville High School. In 2006, Cumbie enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and in 2008 was sent to Iraq. After returning from Iraq months later, Cumbie became a military police officer at Indiana's Camp Atterbury. Cumbie served in this capacity until his selection for the 71st ISP Recruit Academy. He and his wife live in Hendricks County.
Probationary Trooper Yan J. Dravigne is a native of Canada. Dravigne is a graduate of Quebec High School and later attended Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada. Dravigne spent five years with the Indiana Department of Corrections as a K-9 officer and the last four years as a civilian Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement officer with the Indiana State Police. He is married with three children and the family resides in Clay County.
Probationary Trooper Michael L. Featherling is a Sullivan, Ill., native and graduated from Sullivan (IL) High School. After high school, Featherling attended both Lakeland College in Illinois and the University of Indianapolis on baseball scholarships, where he majored in criminal justice studies. Featherling was hired in 2008 as an officer within the Capitol Police Section of the Indiana State Police and served in that capacity until his selection for the ISP 71st Recruit School. He and his wife have a daughter and are expecting another this summer. The Featherling family resides in Brazil.
All three have started their 15 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 successful completion of the field-training program, they will receive their own patrol cars and begin solo road patrol responsibilities. Cumbie and Dravigne will be assigned to Putnam County and Featherling will be assigned to Clay County.