Three new Indiana State Troopers reported for duty this week at the Indiana State Police post in Ft. Wayne, including one who will be assigned to LaGrange County.
On Jan. 2, they were among 48 new troopers reporting to their districts of assignment following graduation from the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy which took place on Dec. 21, 2012.
During the academy, the recruits received approximately 930 hours of law enforcement training, including 80 hours of criminal law, 80 hours of emergency vehicle operations, and 47 hours of traffic law as well as training in other facets of law enforcement including criminal investigation, crash investigation, self-defense, first responder, and other general law enforcement related areas of instruction.
Probationary Trooper James R. Stevens, 26, will be patrolling LaGrange and Steuben counties. He is a native of Columbia City and a 2004 graduate of Huntington North High School. He graduated from IPFW in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs. Stevens was a reserve and transport deputy at the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department before being accepted to the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Stevens and his wife Rebecca are residents of Columbia City.
The new troopers will put their recruit academy training to work in the field as they begin 12 weeks of field training, where they will be paired with experienced troopers specially trained to serve as field training officers. Upon successful completion of the field training program, they will be issued their own police cars and begin solo patrol responsibilities.