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Four Ft. Wayne troopers reach 25 years of service

 

Four troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Ft. Wayne recently observed 25 years of service to the department and citizens of Indiana. Each was a member of the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy which graduated on Dec. 19, 1987.

Detective Kevin W. Smith, originally from Syracuse, Ind., is a 1983 graduate of Wawasee High School. He was accepted to the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in the summer of 1987 and was appointed to the department on Dec. 19, 1987. He was assigned to patrol duties at the toll road post and in March 1991, he transferred to the Ft. Wayne post where he assumed patrol duties in Steuben County until 1994 when he transferred to the laboratory division as a crime scene technician.

In 1996, Smith returned to road patrol duties and also in that same year, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University.

In June 2005, Smith was promoted to the rank of detective and currently serves in that capacity in the criminal investigation division at the Ft. Wayne post. He and his wife Gina have two daughters, Hanna, 19, and Molly, 14, and are residents of rural Angola.

Sergeant Kathy J. Robbins, originally from rural Albion, Ind., is a 1980 graduate of Central Noble High School. She was accepted to the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in the summer of 1987 and was appointed to the department on Dec. 19, 1987.

She was assigned to patrol duties at the toll road post and in 1990 she transferred to the Ft. Wayne post and assumed patrol duties in both LaGrange and Noble counties.

In October 1992, Robbins was reassigned as a detective and in 1997, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and became the criminal investigative squad leader, the position that she currently holds in the criminal investigation division at the Ft. Wayne Post. She has a stepson, Brian, who is a trooper assigned to the Bremen post and she and her husband Gary are residents of rural Albion.

Sergeant Max C. Weber, originally from Albion, Ind., is a 1983 graduate of Central Noble High School. He was accepted to the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in the summer of 1987 and was appointed to the department on Dec. 19, 1987.

He was assigned to patrol duties at the toll road post and in March 1990, he transferred to the Ft. Wayne post and assumed patrol duties in both Noble and LaGrange counties.

Weber served for a short time in the laboratory division as a crime scene technician and for four years at the rank of corporal as a district duty officer in Ft. Wayne. In 2004, Weber was promoted to the rank of sergeant and currently holds that rank as he supervises the troopers assigned to both Noble and DeKalb counties. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice with a minor in business management from Concordia University, Wisc. He and his wife Cindy have three daughters, Sarah, Carrie and Emily, and are residents of Albion.

Sergeant Tony W. Knox, originally from Ft. Wayne, is a 1983 graduate of North Side High School. He was accepted to the 45th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in the summer of 1987 and was appointed to the department on Dec. 19, 1987. He was assigned to the Ft. Wayne post where he assumed patrol duties in DeKalb County. In 1989, Knox worked in an undercover capacity for one year before becoming a drug dog handler for the next four years. In 1994, Knox returned to road patrol duties in Noble County before transferring to those same duties in Steuben and DeKalb counties.

In 1996, Knox was promoted to the rank of corporal and served as a district duty officer before being promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1998. In his time as a sergeant, he has supervised troopers in Adams, DeKalb and Wells counties. In 2006, Knox became the patrol K-9 program coordinator for the Indiana State Police, a position that he currently holds. During his career, Knox has served as a defensive tactics and PPCT instructor, a member of the tactical intervention platoon, a member of Operation Hoosier Relieve (Hurricane Katrina), and is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.

Knox and his wife Toni have two daughters, Taylor, who is a senior at DeKalb High School, and Taytum, who is a freshman at DeKalb High School, and they are residents of rural Auburn.