Three new troopers recently reported for duty at the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles.
The three, Jordan Craig of Greensburg, Tia Deaton of Scottsburg and Michael Thiron of Campbellsville, Kentucky, joined 43 other new troopers reporting to districts around the state after graduating Nov. 19 from the 75th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.
The three new probationary troopers will undergo a three-month training with a field training officer, according to a news release. Upon successfully completing the field training program, the three new troopers will receive their own commissions and begin solo patrols. After receiving their commissions, the three will primarily be assigned to Jackson and Bartholomew counties.
The new troopers completed more than 900 hours of intense training during the 21-week academy, according to a news release. During the academy, recruits were given training in numerous subject areas, including criminal and traffic law, vehicle accident investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics and firearm training in addition to numerous other subjects related to policing.
Craig, 28, is a 2005 graduate of East Central High School. He attended Cincinnati State University before joining the United States Navy, where he served from 2006 to 2010. In 2011, he was hired as a police officer in Greensburg, a position he had until he was accepted into the academy in June of this year.
Deaton, 25, is a 2009 graduate of Scottsburg High School and earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Ivy Tech Community College in 2013. Prior to being accepted into the academy, she worked as an attendant at Madison State Hospital from 2010-14 and as a technician at ILPEA Industries in Scottsburg from 2014-15.
Michael Thiron, 21, is a 2012 graduate of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and attended Elizabethtown Community College, where he graduated in 2014 with an associate degree in criminal justice. Prior to being accepted into the academy, he worked as an auto mechanic at Tom Wood Honda in Frankton.