He received the promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.
As the commander, Stockton's primary responsibility is to direct the activities of personnel assigned to the Drug Enforcement Section and perform administrative and staff actions required to properly coordinate and supervise the DES operations, including, but not limited to, supervision of all drug investigations, division planning, budgeting, grant writing and training.
Stockton is a 26-year veteran of the department having graduated from the Indiana Recruit School in 1986 and initially assigned to the former Connersville Post in east-central Indiana.
In 1993, Stockton transferred to the ISP Major Drug Section and was assigned to highway interdiction.
In 1994, he accepted a position as an undercover detective within ISP and worked closely with the federal agencies United States Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
Stockton was promoted to Sergeant in 2001 in ISP White Collar Crime Unit investigating financial and public corruption crimes throughout the state.
Then in 2009, he was promoted to First Sergeant of the ISP Special Investigations Section supervising Auto Theft, Child Crimes, Cyber Crimes and White Collar Crimes, until his promotion to his current rank of Lieutenant.
During his tenure, Stockton has been a visiting instructor with the National White Collar Crime Center and has lectured in Hawaii, Texas, Maine and New Mexico on interviewing techniques.
A Putnam County native, Stockton graduated from North Putnam High School and has criminal justice and law enforcement degrees from Vincennes University and Concordia University, summa cum laude.
His wife of 27 years is a tenured professor at DePauw University.
Stockton and his wife reside in Putnam County.