The ISP Putnamville District was represented at the honors ceremony by Troopers Michael Finney and Brandon Mullen, who were both recognized and presented with awards.
Trooper Finney was recognized as the 2010 Trooper of the Year for the Putnamville District.
The command staff nominated Finney at the recommendation of fellow troopers, based on Finney's dedication to his job, traffic and criminal enforcement efforts, special assignments, service as a police canine handler, willingness to assist other state and federal agencies, and performing services for the department beyond normal expectations. Trooper Finney is also a past recipient of the ISP Meritorious Service Award.
Trooper Mullen was presented two awards for his dedication and commitment to reducing impaired drivers on Indiana roadways. He was presented the Life Award for leading the Putnamville District in DUI arrests for 2010 with 116 and a "Top 5" DUI award for finishing 2010 as one of the top five troopers in the State of Indiana in DUI enforcement. Mullen is a past recipient of both the Life Award and the Trooper of Year.
"A reflection of the Putnamville District's commitment and hard work for the citizens of Indiana was shown by the presentation of these awards," Putnamville District Commander Lt. Dan Jones said.
The idea for the awards event was conceived in 2006 by Indiana State Police Supt. Paul Whitesell, who felt the need to publicly recognize achievements and deeds of self-sacrifice and accomplishment that all too often go without the proper recognition.