Three probationary troopers assigned to Putnam County

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Probationary officers Michael C. Organ, Brian S. Thomas and Marcus R. Tow pose with their patrol cars.

PUTNAMVILLE -- Probationary troopers from the 70th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class were issued their police cruisers this week at the ISP garage located at the Indianapolis District.

New probationary officers assigned to the Putnamville Post are Troopers Michael C. Organ, Brian S. Thomas and Marcus R. Tow.

All three probationary troopers have been initially assigned to patrol Putnam County.

The probationary officers recently completed a three-month field-training period with veteran troopers and will serve a one-year probationary period before attaining permanent status as a trooper.

In addition to the field training, the new officers received approximately 840 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques when they were assigned to Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

The curriculum included 80 hours of criminal law instruction, 50 hours of vehicle operations training, 30 hours of psychology, and 40 hours of "Survival Spanish." They also developed skills in criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation, and impaired driver prevention and detection.

Probationary Trooper Organ, a graduate of Riverton Parke High School, is from Rosedale. Also a graduate of Indiana State University, Organ has a bachelor's degree in sports management.

Probationary Trooper Thomas, a native of Connersville, is a graduate of Terre Haute North High School. He attended Indiana State University, where he majored in criminology.

Probationary Trooper Tow, a native of Sullivan, is a graduate of Sullivan High School. Tow is a graduate of Indiana State University with degrees in history and political science.

The Putnamville District covers Putnam, Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay and Sullivan counties.

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  • Welcome...we could use the help.

    Maybe this will help provide interstate roadway coverage & will bring our guys in brown back where they need to be.

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Wed, Jun 22, 2011, at 3:05 AM
  • Right on,PT!

    -- Posted by kubotafan on Wed, Jun 22, 2011, at 6:13 AM
  • Hmmm, funny thing is, I always see troopers on the interstate and NEVER a county unit!?

    There is a lot of area that troopers cover and I think too often people forget that. Not to mention that ISP is just that POLICE, not Highway Patrol, so they have more responsibilities aside from the Interstate.

    Let's just be thankful we have more police covering our area and pray that they are all kept safe no matter what color they wear!

    -- Posted by Greencastle7 on Wed, Jun 22, 2011, at 10:35 AM
  • Right on, G7!

    -- Posted by Keyboard_hero on Wed, Jun 22, 2011, at 9:20 PM
  • Not a bash on any police agency, actually a long-time supporter of all Fire, EMS & Police.

    Just a voice for the north, asking for a little more even protection for our tax $$$.

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Wed, Jun 22, 2011, at 11:23 PM
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