On Monday, April 8, members of the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit were assigned to their new posts as full-fledged Indiana State Troopers.
The 47 new troopers have been assigned to various state police districts throughout the state since their graduation on December 21, 2012. Prior to receiving their new commissions, the troopers received approximately 917 hours of structured training at the ISP Recruit School located within the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at Plainfield. The troopers then completed a three month field training period with seasoned troopers where they were observed applying the knowledge and training gained in the academy to real life situations. Two of the 47 probationary troopers are assigned to the Putnamville Post, Trooper Ian M. Portteus and Trooper Erik S. Smith. Trooper Portteus, age 24, is an Owen County native and graduate of Owen Valley High School. After high school, he attended Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. Portteus is an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, enjoys music and is a worship leader at his local church. He and his wife reside in Owen County. Trooper Portteus will be assigned patrol duties in Clay County. Trooper Smith, age 30, is a Sullivan County native and a graduate of Sullivan High School. Smith served in the United States Air Force from 2003 through 2011 with tours in Japan and Iraq. He is a sports enthusiast and volunteers as a boy’s basketball coach for Terre Haute South High School. Prior to his acceptance in the ISP Recruit School, Smith served as a Vigo County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer for 2 ½ years. He and his wife reside in Vigo County. Trooper Smith will be assigned patrol duties in Sullivan County.