INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Gov. Mike Pence welcomed 47 new troopers to the Indiana State Police on Thursday.
Pence delivered a speech at the graduation ceremony in the rotunda of the State Capital. Each trooper was presented their badge then took the oath of office delivered by Chief Justice Brent Dickson.
The 73rd State Police Academy started on Nov. 10, 2013. Eighty people where selected after 3,000 applications were submitted.
Of the 80 chosen, 47 graduated having completed 25 weeks of training that included 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 300 hours of hands-on practical and scenario-based training exercises.
The graduates will now report to one of the 14 state police posts across the state to begin three months of on-the-job training.
The new troopers will then start solo patrol in their assigned district.