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Indiana State Police
Jonathon D. Amburgey

Verbatim: Fort Wayne post welcomes four new troopers

Indiana State Police
Samuel R. Cook
Indiana State Police
Lesley A. Fox
Indiana State Police
Andrew S. Harmon

From a Tuesday morning release:

Fort Wayne, IN- Four new troopers reported for duty recently at the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne. On Monday, March 26th, they were four of 38 new troopers reporting to their districts of assignment following graduation from the 71st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy which took place on Friday, March 16th.

On October 2, 2011, these three men and one woman began 24 weeks of intense training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. During the training period the recruits received approximately 930 hours of law enforcement training including 80 hours of criminal law, 80 hours of emergency vehicle operations, 47 hours of traffic law, as well as training in other facets of law enforcement including criminal investigation, crash investigation, self-defense, first responder, and other general law enforcement related areas of instruction.

Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. and Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul E. Whitesell, Ph.D., recognized the accomplishments of the class upon their graduation from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Following the keynote address by Governor Daniels, Acting Chief Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the recruits.

"During the academy, these recruits have been equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be a trooper," said Superintendent Whitesell. "Now it is time to put those skills to work for the people of Indiana."

  • Probationary Trooper Jonathon D. Amburgey, 22 is a native of Columbia City and is a 2008 graduate of Columbia City High School. In 2011, he graduated from Indiana Business College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration before being accepted to the 71st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Amburgey still resides in Columbia City and will be assigned to patrol duties in Whitley and Huntington Counties.
  • Probationary Trooper Samuel R. Cook, 24 is a native of Zionsville in Boone County and is a 2006 graduate of Zionsville High School. He worked for five years at Bentley of Zionsville and interned with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for three years. Cook was studying Criminal Justice at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) when he was accepted to the 71st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. He is currently a resident of Decatur and will be assigned to patrol duties in Adams, Blackford, Jay and Wells Counties.
  • Probationary Trooper Lesley A. Fox, 24 is a native of Portland, Michigan which is approximately 30 minutes west of the capitol of Lansing, and is a 2006 graduate of St. Patrick's High School. In 2010, she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. Fox was a member of the Meridian Township Police Department's Cadet Program before being accepted to the 71st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. She is currently a resident of Angola and will be assigned to patrol duties in LaGrange and Steuben Counties.
  • Probationary Trooper Andrew S. Harmon, 28 is a native of Adams County and is a 2002 graduate of Adams Central High School. In 2004, he finished his studies at Vincennes University with an Associate Degree in Conservation Law Enforcement. Before being accepted to the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, Harmon worked for Bunge for seven years. He and his wife Alyssa are residents of rural Wells County and he will be assigned to patrol duties in Adams, Blackford, Jay and Wells Counties.
The new troopers will put their recruit academy training to work in the field as they begin 12 weeks of field training where they will be paired with experienced troopers specially trained to serve as Field Training Officers. Upon successful completion of the field training program, they will be issued their own police cars and begin solo patrol responsibilities.

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