LAFAYETTE — Six new Indiana State Troopers have finished their rides with their trooper trainers and will start patrolling in the Lafayette District after receiving their cars. They have been riding with their trooper trainers for approximately 17 weeks. This has concluded their initial training phase before heading out on their own.
On April 2, Superintendent Douglas Carter spoke to all 51 troopers who were at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis to discuss the pride, tradition and integrity that goes along with driving an Indiana State Police car. Each of the 51 probationary troopers were given key fobs to their new police cars and six troopers returned to the Lafayette Post to start their new and exciting careers.
Probationary Trooper Tyler Turchi is from Vermillion County. He grew up working on the family farm. Turchi attended Indiana State University majoring in criminal justice. His father, a retired ISP Trooper, was his motivation to follow in his footsteps. His main patrol area will be the south zone which includes Benton, Warren, Fountain and Montgomery counties.
Probationary Trooper Jonathan Fulfer is a native of Westville, Illinois and graduated from Westville High School in 2011. For six years he worked at HVAC trade, a family owned and operated business. In 2016, he worked as an auxiliary officer for the Westville Police Department. In late 2016, Fulfer worked for the Vermillion County Illinois Sheriff’s Department as a correctional officer. Fulfer’s patrol area will be the south zone.
Probationary Trooper Mason Wiley is a graduate of Lake Central High School. Before joining the ISP, he worked for the coroner’s office in Lake County for five years. His patrol area will be the north zone which includes White, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe counties.
Probationary Trooper Benjamin Fike is originally from the Kokomo area. He attended Indiana University in Kokomo before joining the U.S. Marine Corps where he still serves in the reserves. He will be patrolling the north zone.
Probationary Trooper Dakota Dwight Michael is from Crawfordsville and graduated from North Montgomery High School in 2014. In 2016, he achieved his associate’s degree in conservation law enforcement from Vincennes University. He continued on at Vincennes in Homeland Security to finish up on a bachelor’s degree which he hopes to finish on line in the near future. Michael has worked in farming and as summer help for INDOT. His patrol area will be the south zone.
Probationary Trooper Thad L. Decker Jr. is a native of Brazil. He graduated from Northview High School where he played baseball. He went on to college at Olney Central and received an associate’s degree in physical science and art and also played baseball. He continued his baseball playing at the University of Southern Indiana and received a bachelor’s degree in professional studies. Decker worked about one and a half years for Clay County Jail before entering the academy. His patrol will be the south zone.