This past Friday, the Indiana State Police Department held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis. The ceremony publicly recognized the achievements, deeds, self-sacrifice and accomplishments that often go without the proper recognition.

Forty people from around the state were honored for their dedication to service, bravery, devotion to the department and the citizens of Indiana.  

Three troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg were recognized at the ceremony.

Trooper Dustin Zehnder, who works out of the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg primarily patrolling Clark and Floyd Counties, was recognized as the 2016 Trooper of the Sellersburg District. The award is given annually to the trooper that personifies integrity, professionalism and a well-rounded work ethic.

Zehnder was selected by the command staff at the Sellersburg District for dedication to his job and other services performed for the department beyond normal expectations. Trooper Dustin Zehnder was also rated as one of the top five DUI enforcement officers across the entire state of Indiana with 100 DUI arrests last year.

Trooper Justin Mears and Trooper Patrick Stinson were also honored at the ceremony. Trooper Stinson lead all of the troopers at the Sellersburg Post in DUI arrests and was in the top five state-wide with 117 DUI arrests last year.

Trooper Dustin Zehnder
Trooper Justin Mears
Trooper Patrick Stinson

Trooper Mears was also in the top five for DUI arrests state-wide last year with 96 DUI arrests. Trooper Mears and Trooper Stinson both work out of the State Police Post at Sellersburg and primarily patrol Clark and Floyd Counties.