Indiana State Police

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Indiana State Police
Abbreviation ISP
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Indiana State Police patch
Motto Integrity, Service, Professionalism
Agency overview
Formed April 15, 1933; 84 years ago (1933-04-15)[1]
Preceding agency Indiana Motor Vehicle Police (1921–1933)
Employees 1,821 (2012)[2]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Indiana, USA
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ISP Districts
Size 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km2)
Population 6,619,680 (2015 est.)
Legal jurisdiction Indiana Statewide
Governing body Governor of Indiana
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by Indiana State Police Board
Headquarters 100 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana
Troopers 1,272 (2012)[2]
Civilians 549 (2012)[2]
Agency executive Douglas G. Carter, Superintendent
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Indiana State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency for the U.S. state of Indiana. Indiana was the 12th state to offer protection to its citizens with a state police force.

Its headquarters are in the Indiana Government Center North in Indianapolis.[3]


Demographics comparison
ISP[4] Indiana[5]
Male 95% 49.1%
Female 5% 50.9%
White 91% 87.5%
or Black
7% 8.4%
Hispanic 1% 3.5%
Asian 0% 1.0%

On July 15, 1921, the Indiana legislature created a 16-man Indiana Motor Vehicle Police becoming the first law enforcement agency in the state to have statewide jurisdiction to enforce traffic laws, although they had only "limited" authority and were only authorized to enforce the "rules of the road" and motor vehicle laws. In 1933, the Indiana State Police was formed largely consisting of basically untrained, ill-equipped traffic officers left over from the Motor Vehicle Police. The first formal "academy" began July 15, 1935, and consisted of between 80 and 100 candidates. It was not until 1976 that the academy graduated its first female troopers.[6]

Indiana State Police Board[edit]

The Indiana State Police Board administers, manages, and controls the operation of the agency including the setting of salaries and compensation, with the approval of the governor and may review disciplinary action taken against a state police employee by the superintendent. The ISP board consists of six civilian members who are appointed by the governor and must be a permanent resident of one of six geographical regions of the state from which they are appointed. Members serve staggered, four-year terms and no more than three may belong to the same political party.[7]


The Indiana State Police is currently led by Superintendent Douglas G. Carter, whose position is appointed by the governor. His command staff includes an assistant superintendent who holds the rank of colonel and four deputy superintendents, each holding the rank of lieutenant colonel who manage four primary areas of responsibility:[2]

  • Financial Management includes the Fiscal Division and Logistics Division.
  • Support Services includes the Criminal Justice Data Division, Laboratory Division, Records Division and Public Information Office.
  • Investigations includes the Office of Professional Standards, Training Division and Criminal Investigation Division.
  • Enforcement includes the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Human Resources Division and Operations Support Division.
    • Enforcement operations throughout the state is the responsibility of a north zone and a south zone commander, which is further composed of five separate areas, each commanded by a captain. These areas are divided into 14 districts, covering from four to 11 counties each and are commanded by a lieutenant.

List of ISP Superintendents[edit]

Rank structure[edit]

The agency's rank structure is as follows (from highest to lowest):

Rank Insignia
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Lieutenant Colonel
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Sergeant Major
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First Sergeant
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Probationary Trooper
Trooper Trainee (Recruit)

Troopers with 10 and 15 years of service are referred to as a Senior Trooper and a Master Trooper respectively, resulting in salary increases, but are not considered ranks.

As of July 2015, the starting salary for a trooper is $40,902 upon completion of a one-year probation while the salary for a colonel with 20 years of service is $90,781.[8]



In 1948, the Indiana State Police acquired a Navion airplane. Aircraft continued to be utilized throughout the 1950s and the Aviation Section continued to grow having helicopters introduced into the air fleet. Today, the Indiana State Police have three fixed-wing aircraft, two helicopters and six pilots used for law enforcement throughout the state which are maintained by the Aviation Section of the Operations Support Division. According to FAA records, aircraft currently registered to the agency include a Cessna 172N N91SP,[9] a Cessna 172P N193SP[10] and a Raytheon B200 N264SP.[11] Helicopters currently registered include a Bell 206B N95SP[12] and a Bell 206L-3 N54SP.[13][6]

Service weapons[edit]

Indiana State Police troopers carry the SIG Sauer P227 (.45ACP) as their sidearm. Each state police cruiser also carries the Remington 870 Police Magnum shotgun as well as the SIG Sauer SIGM400 rifle[14] in select fire.

Indiana State Police ERT (Emergency Response Team) weapons:

Prior to the Sig Sauer P227 .45, troopers were armed with the 9mm Glock 17 pistol which was only used by the agency from 2006, replacing defective .40 S&W Glock 22 pistols which were experiencing issues when the officers were using the firearms which is when Glock supplied the ISP with the Glock 17. Prior to the Glock issues the ISP issued it's Troopers with the Beretta Model 96FS (a .40 caliber version of the Beretta 92) which entered service in the late 1990s replacing the 9mm Beretta 92F pistols which were issued since the late 1980s. Prior to going to the semi-automatic pistols the agency used a variety of revolvers over the years. When the agency was first formed troopers were issued .38 Special Colt revolvers some of which the officers had to buy themselves. Then the agency moved on to the .38 Smith & Wesson Model 15 "Combat Masterpiece" revolver which was carried until the late 1960s. The agency following the late 1960s transferred to the more powerful .357 Magnum cartridge weapon with the Smith & Wesson Model 19 which was carried for a while with the 4 inch barrel and during the 1970's the Model 66 revolver was also used with the 4 barrel a version which was part of the Model 19 family of revolvers. Then in the 1980s for a brief stint the .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 686 was adopted for a couple of years until the Beretta pistols were purchased. During the start of the agency, the department purchased the Thompson M1921 sub-machine guns to help better arm officers if an incident involving a bank robbery or some other major crime of that time was to occur the officers would be well armed in case of a serious or deadly scenario. The Winchester Model 12 "Riot" pump-shotgun was also utilized during the early times of the Indiana State Police. During the 1980s the agency purchased the Ruger Mini-14GB rifles which were used up until the 2000s when the more utilized AR-15 style rifles were purchased, in 1983 a special anniversary Mini-14 was made for the agency as a 50th anniversary collectable.[15]


In the past year, the agency has been phasing out the discontinued Ford Crown Victoria and replacing it with 2011 and 2012 Dodge Chargers. Several 2012 Chevrolet Tahoes have been purchased and are already in use for specialty teams, K9 units and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. Most Ford Crown Victorias still in use are between the 2008 and 2010 model years as well as some 2010 Dodge Chargers. Lastly, several new 2012 Ford Mustang GTs are in the process of being outfitted and placed in use, restoring the 402 HP Ford Mustang to the fastest vehicle in the fleet, over the 370 HP 2011 Dodge Charger HEMI.

Indiana State Police cruiser

The Indiana State Police also have a "Stealth Vehicle" program. On top of the Ford Mustangs and unmarked Dodge Chargers, this program utilizes vehicles recovered from drug seizures. These vehicles are generally unmarked. Some vehicles have been a yellow 1994 Pontiac Trans-Am, a tan Chevrolet Tahoe with large chrome wheels, a tan Chevrolet Trail Blazer, and other older pick-up trucks. Additionally, the agency has also purchased Dodge Ram pickup trucks and placed an INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) decal on its back doors. These trucks sit in construction zones and allow troopers to monitor traffic and enforce construction zone safety laws. These trucks are different from INDOT crew trucks, as the INDOT trucks are usually four-door Ford F-Series heavy-duty pickups. More recently, the agency acquired a high-horsepower black Dodge Charger SRT-8 with aftermarket black LED tail lights. This Charger has been "marked" in typical Indiana State Police livery.

Since 2006, the ISP has used LED lightbars, which has resulted in increased visibility over the former Federal Signal Jetsonic lightbars. Fully marked state police vehicles are outfitted with light packages with either Federal Signal Arjent or Legend lightbars and two rear deck LEDs. Semi-marked cars are equipped with one centrally mounted dual LED head in the front windshield, while the newer Dodge Chargers utilize two single LED Federal Signal Viper S2s. Federal Signal Touchmaster siren and controllers are currently employed in all vehicles.

The ISP uses radar and was one of the pioneers in utilizing VASCAR, a speed-timing device which operates without emitting any radar beam. Although this device is being phased out, there are still many in use today. Radar equipment currently being employed are the Kustom Golden Eagle IIs, MPH Bee III, MPH Python Series II and III and Stalker DSRs.

Indiana State Police districts[edit]

Indiana State Police Post 34, Jasper, Indiana
Area District Post Counties Covered
I 13 Lowell Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke
I 14 Lafayette Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White
I 16 Peru Cass, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash
II 21 Toll Road Indiana Toll Road
II 22 Fort Wayne Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley
II 24 Bremen Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph
III 33 Bloomington Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen
III 34 Jasper Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry and Spencer
III 35 Evansville Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick
IV 42 Versailles Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland
IV 45 Sellersburg Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington
V 51 Pendleton Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne
V 52 Indianapolis Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Shelby
V 53 Putnamville Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo

Fallen officers[edit]

Indiana State Police memorial, Jasper, Indiana

In the history of the Indiana State Police, 43 troopers and three civilian employees have died in the line of duty. The agency honors its personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice at its own memorial[16] consisting of an eternal flame and three granite tablets inscribed with their names at a site located on the east side of Indianapolis just off of Post Road at Interstate 70. Their troopers are also honored on the Indiana Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters Memorial located at Robert D. Orr Plaza and Senate Avenue in Indianapolis which was dedicated in 2001 to the memory of the state's fallen public safety officers as well as in Washington at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which honors the nation's law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and was dedicated in 1991.

Name Date of death Age Tenure Cause of death Notes
Trooper Eugene Teague 12-20-1933 24 6 months Gunfire [A]
Trooper Paul V. Minneman 05-27-1937 33 1 year, 8 months Gunfire [B]
Trooper William R. Dixon 06-28-1938 28 2 years, 9 months Gunfire [C]
Trooper George A. Forster 05-17-1941 25 2 years, 8 months Automobile accident
Trooper Richard F. England 04-22-1942 31 6 years, 3 months Automobile accident
Trooper Herbert W. Smith 12-05-1946 29 4 years, 1 month Gunfire
Trooper Robert E. Clevenger 09-08-1953 22 1 year Vehicle pursuit
Sergeant Hubert E. Roush 01-26-1955 39 2 years, 4 months Automobile accident
Trooper Earl L. Brown 08-31-1955 42 14 years, 10 months Gunfire
Sergeant John R. Miller 09-05-1955 35 14 years Aircraft accident
Trooper Donald R. Turner 01-28-1956 37 9 years, 2 months Struck by vehicle
First Sergeant Marvin E. Walts 03-18-1957 47 19 years, 6 months Gunfire
Trooper William R. Kellems 09-30-1957 27 10 months Gunfire
Trooper John H. Powell 02-27-1959 27 4 years, 2 months Struck by vehicle
Trooper Robert J. Garrison 12-14-1959 27 4 years, 2 months Automobile accident
Trooper Robert C. Gillespie 06-08-1962 33 11 years, 9 months Automobile accident
Trooper William F. Kieser 03-09-1965 37 6 years, 11 months Gunfire
Trooper Oscar E. Mills 04-12-1966 35 2 years, 2 months Vehicle pursuit [D]
Trooper William R. Rayner 12-18-1966 30 8 years, 3 months Gunfire
Trooper Richard G. Brown 09-27-1967 40 12 years, 4 months Struck by vehicle
Trooper Robert O. Lietzan 03-30-1969 31 7 years, 7 months Gunfire
Sergeant George W. Campbell 06-18-1969 44 18 years, 10 months Heart attack
Trooper John J. Streu 02-20-1971 25 10 months Gunfire [E]
Sergeant Glen R. Hosier 04-26-1971 44 15 years, 11 months Gunfire
Trooper William J. Trees 06-26-1972 28 3 years, 9 months Vehicle pursuit
Trooper Lawrence B. Meyer 02-02-1974 37 5 years, 5 months Heart attack
Trooper Lewis E. Phillips 04-16-1975 26 2 years, 1 month Automobile accident
Trooper Roy E. Jones 07-03-1979 31 2 years, 8 months Automobile accident
Trooper Robert J. Lather II 07-06-1982 30 7 years, 6 months Vehicular assault
Trooper Steven L. Bailey 12-10-1983 29 5 years Gunfire (Accidental)
Sergeant John E. Hatfull 04-13-1987 45 14 years, 2 months Gunfire
Master Trooper Michael E. Greene 02-05-1993 43 16 years, 7 months Gunfire
Trooper Todd A. Burman 06-29-1993 28 2 years, 7 months Gunfire
Master Motor Carrier Inspector
Ralph R. Reed Jr.
08-03-1995 48 27 years, 3 months Struck by vehicle [F]
DNA Supervisor
Kimberly S. Epperson
11-16-1995 36 10 years, 9 months Automobile accident [F]
Trooper Andrew P. Winzenread 04-25-1997 26 2 years, 4 months Struck by vehicle
Senior Trooper James P. Bartram 03-31-1998 37 10 years, 3 months Automobile accident
Master Trooper David A. Deuter 07-16-1998 49 26 years, 3 months Struck by vehicle
Trooper Richard T. Gaston 03-04-1999 29 2 months Vehicular assault
Trooper Cory R. Elson 04-03-1999 26 3 months Gunfire
Trooper Jason E. Beal 01-15-2000 24 1 year, 1 month Struck by vehicle [G]
Trooper Scott A. Patrick 12-22-2003 27 3 years, 5 months Gunfire
Lieutenant Gary E. Dudley 08-22-2006 51 26 years, 8 months Bicycle accident [H]
Master Trooper David E. Rich 07-05-2007 41 17 years, 7 months Gunfire
Trooper Daniel R. Barrett 01-27-2008 25 6 months Automobile accident
Master Motor Carrier Inspector
Robert E. Pitcher
09-26-2010 64 22 years, 2 months Automobile accident [F]



The Indiana State Police was the first law enforcement agency in North America to have authorized the use of the famed "Drunk-o-meter", a chemical test to determine levels of alcohol intoxication, which was invented in 1938 by Rolla N. Harger, M.D., a professor at Indiana University.[18] In 1954, an improved version of the device followed and was called the Breathalyzer, invented by Indiana State Police Captain Robert F. Borkenstein in collaboration with Dr. Harger.[19] This successful device has since been used by police agencies to assess alcohol impairment in drunken driving offenses.

See also[edit]


  • Indiana Troopers Association (2009), Indiana State Police 75th Anniversary Historical Book, Evansville, Ind.: M.T. Publishing Company, Inc., ISBN 978-1-934729-22-9, OCLC 651915614 
  • Olsen, Marilyn B. (2001), Gangsters, Gunfire and Political Intrigue: The Story of the Indiana State Police, Indianapolis: .38 Special Press, ISBN 978-0-967574-93-6, OCLC 49527627 
  • Kellner, Esther (1983), Fifty years of service: The story of the Indiana State Police for their 50th anniversary 1933–1983, Cambridge City, Ind.: Optimist-Indiana State Police Respect for Law Camp, ASIN B0006YDTCG, OCLC 10110594 


  1. ^ Executive Reorganization Act, Chapter 4 of the Acts of Indiana, effective April 15, 1933
  2. ^ a b c d Indiana State Police 2012 Annual Report. Accessed March 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Indiana State Police. Retrieved on November 18, 2016. "In Person: Indiana Government Center North 100 N. Senate Avenue, Suite N302 (east elevators) Indianapolis IN 46204"
  4. ^ Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers Archived September 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ 2000 US Census - Indiana Archived May 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b History of the Indiana State Police. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Indiana Code §10-11-2
  8. ^ Indiana State Police Sworn Pay Matrix (7-2015). Accessed October 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "FAA Registry". Federal Aviation Administration. 
  10. ^ "FAA Registry". Federal Aviation Administration. 
  11. ^ "FAA Registry". Federal Aviation Administration. 
  12. ^ "FAA Registry". Federal Aviation Administration. 
  13. ^ "FAA Registry". Federal Aviation Administration. 
  14. ^ "Indiana State Police Adopts SIG SAUER P227". 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Indiana State Police - In Memoriam
  17. ^ National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund criteria
  18. ^ The Drunkometer
  19. ^ History of the Breathalyzer

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