Three new troopers report to duty at Putnamville Post

Friday, January 9, 2015
David E. Cox Jr.

PUTNAMVILLE -- Three new troopers reported for duty this past week at the Indiana State Police post at Putnamville.

All three -- David E. Cox Jr., 24, Nicole Cheeks, 37, and Rondell K. Shelton, 36 -- graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy on Dec. 23 as part of the Indiana State Police 74th Recruit Class.

Their graduation was the culmination of 23 weeks of intense training and hard work.

Nicole Cheeks

The trio, who reported for ISP duty Jan. 5, received 929 hours of training that included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.

The next step for will be working with a series of experienced field training officers over the next three months. Purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the past six months.

Upon successful completion of the field training program, the new troopers will be issued their patrol vehicles and begin solo patrol in their respective counties.

Rondell Shelton

Cox, who currently resides in Putnam County with his wife, attended Vincennes University. He will be assigned to primarily patrol Putnam County.

His father, David Cox Sr., is a 21-year veteran of the Indiana State Police and is currently assigned to the Indianapolis Post supervising road troopers assigned to Hendricks County.

Cheeks, who attended Ohio State University, currently resides in Vigo County with her husband and children. She will be assigned to primarily patrol Vigo County.

Shelton, who attended Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College, currently resides in Vigo County with his wife and children. He will be assigned to primarily patrol Vigo County.

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