Press release from Indiana State Police
New Indiana State Police troopers (left to right)
Christopher Lockman, Joseph Uhler, and Travis
(Versailles, Ind.) - This morning three new troopers reported to the Versailles Post to begin their careers as Indiana State Troopers. They were among 43 new troopers who graduated from the 70th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy Friday, March 4 in a ceremony held at Zionsville High School after nearly six months of training conducted at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN. While in the academy they received over 850 hours of training to include instruction in criminal law, traffic law, firearms training, self-defense, emergency vehicle operations, physical fitness, survival Spanish, and numerous other law enforcement related topics.
The three new troopers are Travis Cook, Christopher Lockman, and Joseph Uhler. Tpr. Cook is a native of Batesville, IN and a 2005 graduate of Batesville High School. After graduating from high school he served four years in the United States Marine Corps including a tour of duty in Iraq from November, 2006 until April, 2007. He continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves. Prior to becoming a trooper, he worked as a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Aurora. Tpr. Cook is married and has one child. He and his family reside in the Batesville area.
Tpr. Lockman is a 2007 graduate of Brownstown Central High School in Brownstown, IN. He serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and served a tour of duty in Iraq from September, 2009 until February, 2010. Prior to becoming a trooper he worked in loss prevention for Wal Mart and he also attended college at Indiana University/Purdue University at Columbus. His father-in-law, Dan Rigsby, is retired from the Indiana State Police having served 26 years as a Motor Carrier Inspector out of the Seymour District. Tpr. Lockman is married and has two children and resides in the Brownstown area with his family.
Tpr. Uhler is a 2002 graduate of Franklin County High School in Brookville, IN and a 2007 graduate of Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Agriculture. Prior to becoming a trooper he worked as a Certified Arborist in Cincinnati, OH. Tpr. Uhler currently resides in the St. Leon area.
Today the three begin approximately three months of field training where they will learn district operations and will be paired with experienced troopers (Field Training Officers) to put their newly learned training and skills to work in the field. Upon successful completion of the field training program, they will be issued their own cars and begin solo patrol responsibilities.