Statement as issued by the Indiana State Police:
Fort Wayne, IN - An Indiana State Police Master Trooper who has dedicated the last 34 years of his life to the service of the citizens of the State of Indiana has announced his retirement from the Department.
Master Trooper Douglas P. Kelly was a 1975 graduate of Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio. Following high school, Kelly enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country as a Military Police Officer until 1979. He was accepted to the 37th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in 1979, and on September 30th of that year, he was appointed as a Trooper and was assigned to the Fort Wayne Post. Kelly worked the road, serving the citizens of Allen County until 1989 when he transferred to the Lafayette Post, where he was assigned to Clinton County.
In 1995, Kelly was took an assignment out of Headquarters in the Gaming Division conducting background investigations for the riverboats. Kelly transferred back to the Fort Wayne post in late 1997 and was assigned patrol duties in DeKalb and then eventually Steuben County, a position that he held until his retirement.
During his career, Kelly served the Department as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, as a Field Training Officer and as a Technical Crash Investigator. He is a member of the Department’s “Possible Club” for firearms excellence and proficiency, and a recipient of the 1,000,000 mile Safe Driving Award. In 2012, Kelly was awarded the Department’s Combat Action Award for his actions in May of 2009 when he pursued a stolen vehicle suspect who eventually exited the vehicle and ran on foot through a field. Upon catching up to the man, Kelly attempted to take him into custody, even as the man struck him in the head with a rock and tried to take his gun from his holster. Kelly was able to make the arrest after suffering two broken fingers in the altercation.
Kelly said that during his career, he always tried to see the good in people and to make the best out of bad situations. “I tried to treat people fairly, equitably and respectfully as that’s how I always wanted to be treated” Kelly said. “I always wanted to take the higher road and to set a positive example in all that I did”. Kelly, who is a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Angola, renewed his commitment to Christ in December of 2011. He and his wife Sheryl live in rural Steuben County and have three grown children: Amanda, Adam and Michael and are the proud grandparents of Delaney and Lucas.