Yesterday, two new probationary troopers reported for duty at the Indiana State Police Post in Putnamville. They are two of the 55 new troopers reporting to their districts of assignment following graduation from the 76th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on Thursday, October 20, 2016.Their recent graduation marked the culmination of 22 weeks of intense training exceeding 948 hours. Courtland A. Woodruff, age 28, is an Illinois native having graduated from Jacksonville, Illinois High School and Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. Kevin A. Fowler, age 21, is a Morgan County, Indiana native, a graduate of Martinsville High School and a graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate of Science degree in Conservation Law Enforcement. Prior to graduating from the ISP Recruit Academy, Fowler was a 911 dispatcher for the Morgan County Central Dispatch.
The two new troopers will continue their training for the next three months as part of the ISP Field Training Program. The Field Training Program pairs new troopers with veteran troopers, or Field Training Officers, (FTO’s,) to allow the new troopers to take what they learned in the recruit academy and apply it in the field under the close supervision of the FTO. Upon successful completion of their field training, they will be issued their own commissions and be assigned solo patrol responsibilities.