Bloomington – Fifty-one probationary troopers from the 78th Indiana State Police Academy were issued their patrol cars at the ISP Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis. Two of those officers are assigned to the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post, one assigned to Greene County, and will immediately start solo patrol in the Bloomington District. They will serve a one year probationary period before attaining permanent status as a trooper.
Being assigned their first patrol vehicle, referred to as a "commission" in state police parlance, marks the culmination of more than five months of academy training, followed by three months of intensive field training with veteran troopers.
The probationary officers recently completed that three month field training period with veteran troopers in addition to over 1,000 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques as well as hands-on practical and scenario-based training at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. The curriculum included criminal law instruction, emergency vehicle operations, psychology, traffic law, crash investigations, self-defense, first responder and other general law enforcement related training.
The new Bloomington Troopers now on solo patrol are;
Chance Humphrey is a native of Springville, Indiana and a 2002 graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School. Humphrey spent three years furthering his education at the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech. Probationary Trooper Humphrey and his wife Becky have two children and reside in rural Lawrence County. Probationary Trooper Humphrey will primarily patrol Lawrence County.
Samuel Wagner is from Pierceton, Indiana (near Fort Wayne) and a 2003 Homeschool graduate. Wagner earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University at Bloomington. Probationary Trooper Wagner also currently serves in the Army National Guard (Infantry and Artillery Forward Observer). Probationary Trooper Wagner and his wife have two children and reside in rural Lawrence County. Wagner’s Grandfather was a 30 year patrolman in St. Paul, MN. Probationary Trooper Wagner will primarily patrol Greene County.