Evansville – Lieutenant Brian Bailey, Commander of the Evansville District, welcomes four new troopers to the Evansville District.
On October 19, 33 troopers graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit School after completing 24 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,000 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.
Each graduating trooper was assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. The troopers will now spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police vehicle and will begin solo patrol in the Evansville District.
New Troopers at Evansville:
- Kyle Otolski, 23, is a native of Evansville and a 2013 graduate of Harrison High School. He later attended Anderson University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Otolski currently resides in Evansville and will primarily patrol Warrick County.
- Jonathan Lukeman, 24, is a native of Evansville and a 2011 graduate of Central High School. He attended Ivy Tech Community College and received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He currently resides in Vanderburgh County and will primarily patrol Gibson County.
- Daltyn Backes, 24, is a native of Evansville and a 2012 graduate of F.J. Reitz High School. He also attended University of Southern Indiana where he majored in Criminal Justice. Backes currently resides in Evansville and will primarily patrol Posey County.
- Chase Eaton, 21, is a native of Petersburg and a 2014 graduate of Pike Central High School. He later attended Vincennes University and received an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement. Eaton spent nearly three years as a correctional officer and dispatcher at the Pike County Sheriff’s Department before joining the Indiana State Police. Eaton currently resides in Otwell and will primarily patrol Pike County.