Law Enforcement Work Experience

I began working at the Lawrence County Jail in January 1997, serving under then-Sheriff Jerry Ross.  I worked at the jail until January 1999, with over a year of that being as the Jail Commander.  I graduated from the Indiana Jail Officer’s school in 1997.  As the Jail Commander, I supervised all jail officers and oversaw the day to day operations of the facility, the inmate commissary, the safety and security of the jail and inmates, and any disciplinary issues.  It was a huge learning experience for me.  I learned so much about effective supervision (I probably wasn’t very good at that young inexperienced age), how under-appreciated the job of jail officer is, and that inmates most certainly deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

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I was accepted into and began the Indiana State Police recruit academy in January 1999, graduating in June of that same year.  I was originally assigned to the Versailles District, where I primarily patrolled Ripley County.  I transferred back home to the Bloomington District in October 2000.  I worked in Owen County for over two years, before finally being assigned to Lawrence County.  I worked night shift in Lawrence County through 2009, then worked day shift for two years.  During this time, I worked closely with officers from every local police department.  I believe that I was known for my integrity, character, quality work product, and high work ethic.

I was promoted to Squad Sergeant in June 2011, where I am still serving today.  In 2016, I created the Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) and have supervised that team since then.  This is a high-activity, pro-active squad of troopers that focus especially on drug and drug dealing enforcement, while still completing the

Indiana State Police Leadership School, where, after being asked, I developed, planned, and taught classes on “Leadership During Times of Crisis”.  I also helped develop, in 2008, an OWI enforcement training program given to all troopers with less than 5 years of experience at the time.  In 2014, I developed and presented a refresher class on crash investigations, which was presented in each ISP district across the state. I have also taught crash investigations at the Indiana University police academy.

In addition to the required yearly training of law enforcement officers, I have also successfully completed dozens of specialized trainings in various areas such as child sexual crime investigations, suspect interrogation and interviews, crash investigations, OWI enforcement, drug interdiction, human trafficking, leadership, and supervision.  Just a few of these include Multijurisdictional County Drug Task Force Training (St. Petersburg College), Methamphetamine Investigation Management (Bureau of Justice Assistance), Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (Homeland Security), and National Incident Management and Incident Command Systems (FEMA and Homeland Security).

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regular duties of any trooper.  In addition, the team assists other agencies from across southern Indiana with a wide range of criminal investigations, which have included murders, attempted murders, burglaries, and the tracking and locating of wanted fugitives.  The success of this team (see stats page) led to ISP starting the same kind of team in each district across the state.

During my time on the Indiana State Police, I have served as a certified crash reconstructionist, having completed the intensive 6-week training through the Institute for Police Technology and Management (University of North Florida).  I reconstructed dozens of crashes while in this position, obtaining multiple arrests and convictions of at-fault and impaired drivers.  I have also served as a Field Training Officer, where I have trained several new troopers.  In addition, I am a former member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon.

In both 2017 and 2018, I was an instructor for the