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To Be a Trooper: Book Smarts, Street Smarts, Physical Readiness

A seminar is planned in Ft. Wayne for people who think they want to be a member of Indiana State Police.

FT. WAYNE, Ind.--Becoming an Indiana State Trooper means more than just getting a job. State Police want you to know that the job is a calling, that it requires intelligence, a constant effort to stay physically fit, and a heart for helping Hoosiers.

"We get a lot of people that apply, and some people think it's just another job," said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, with the Ft. Wayne post. "They don't realize really what all it entails until they're knee-deep in it and realize this isn't for me."

That's why a four-hour seminar being held at Indiana Tech in Ft. Wayne, Sat., Oct. 6, has been planned for people who are interested in becoming state troopers. Galaviz said they will provide an overview of what the job looks like.

"It's not for everybody. It takes a certain type of person, and it goes above and beyond helping people, because that's at our core," said Galaviz. "When we're off the clock, we're still on the clock. We park that car in our driveway, and so people know who we are."

Galaviz said that means people expect action when something goes down.

That level of dedication is also combined with tough physical training and book and street smarts.

"If you're in college, if you're working a trade right now, if you're getting ready to exit the military, then we're gonna give you an opportunity because each of those facets has a potential skill set we may need," he said. "The majority of our applicants are college graduates-anything from criminal justice degrees, to engineering, business, marketing- you name it."

Galaviz said in addition to the skills that require a lot of book study, that hands-on skills like being able to change a flat tire or help someone who is broken down on the side of the road are also important. He said in many rural counties, state troopers can sometimes be the only law enforcement on the roads.

He said that the recruit class roughly starts with around 80 people every year, and the number who graduate can be around 50.

"They're taught investigative skills that they are going hone for the rest of their careers. They're taught communications skills. When they walk out of our recruit class after 24 weeks, they've been given a baseline training from which to truly jump start their careers."

To be a part of the Ft. Wayne seminar, you must send an e-mail to isprecruiting@isp.in.gov and include your name and the Indiana Tech location in the body of the email.  The deadline for this session is Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

The next seminar will be later this year in the Gary area.

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