News release from Indiana State Police
(Versailles, Ind.) - Monday morning three new troopers reported to Versailles District to begin their careers as Indiana State Troopers and a Versailles native reported to the ISP Pendleton Post to begin his career. The four new troopers were among 48 graduates of the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy which graduated Friday, December 21. During the recruit academy, which began July 8, the recruits received approximately 930 hours of structured law enforcement training which included 80 hours of criminal law, 80 hours of vehicle operations training, and 47 hours of traffic law. They also developed skills in criminal investigation along with 47 hours of vehicle crash investigation and training related to impaired driver detection as well as numerous other law enforcement related subjects.
Reporting to Versailles this morning was Robert Hutson, Andrew Mitchell, and Jamey Sperle. Tpr. Hutson is a Columbus, IN native having graduated from Columbus North High School in 2006. He has attended American Military University and is an MP in the Army National Guard where he served in an “active duty” capacity from 2006 until earlier this year which included a tour of duty in Iraq from February-December, 2011. Tpr. Hutson and his wife Lindsey have been married for six years and currently reside in the Columbus area with their daughters, Kaylynn and Molly.
Tpr. Andrew Mitchell is from Brownsburg, IN where he graduated Bethesda Christian High School in 2003. After high school he attended Moody Bible College majoring in Youth Ministry. Prior to attending the ISP recruit academy he served as a jail deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Indianapolis and also served as a reserve officer for the Clermont Police Department. Tpr. Mitchell and Emily, his wife of three years currently reside in Brownsburg but will be moving to Ripley County in the near future.
Tpr. Sperle is a 1998 graduate of Harding County High School in Buffalo, South Dakota. After high school he attended Dakota Wesleyan University where he majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree. For the last six years he has served as a Parole Agent for the Indiana Department of Correction in Indianapolis. Tpr. Sperle is looking forward to moving to the Versailles District.
Also graduating from the 72nd ISP Recruit Academy and reporting to the ISP Pendleton Post this morning was Raymond E. Otter, Jr. Tpr. Otter is a Versailles native and 2008 graduate of South Ripley High School. He has been a member of the Army National Guard since August, 2009. Prior to attending the recruit academy, he worked for Garda Cash and Logistics in Indianapolis. Tpr. Otter and his wife Lauren have a 15 month old son. Tpr. Otter is a third generation police officer. His late grandfather, Raymond Otter was a police officer for the Town of Vevay Indiana serving many years as Chief of Police for that department. He is also the son of ISP Versailles Assistant District Commander, First Sergeant Raymond Otter and his wife Connie.
All the new troopers reporting to their districts this morning will spend the next three months putting to work in the field the new skills they learned in the academy as they begin the field training process. During the field training process, the new troopers will be paired with experienced troopers or Field Training Officers specially trained to supervise and evaluate the transition from the academy to the field.
Upon successful completion of their field training later in the spring, the new troopers will receive their own cars and begin solo patrol responsibilities.