LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana State Police gained 46 new troopers, three of which were assigned to the Lafayette District.
The 46 new troopers were assigned to districts throughout the state. Three probationary troopers were assigned to the Lafayette District — David R. Vido, Dexter Whitten and Jared K. McQueary.
The newest troopers graduated in May, but received their cars Tuesday at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center, located at the Indianapolis post. The troopers received structured training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and also completed a three-month field training period with seasoned veterans to apply the knowledge gained to real life situations.
Meet the three new troopers for the Lafayette District:
Probationary Trooper David R. Vido grew up in Lake County and graduated from Griffith High School in 2010. He attended Ball State University before entering into the academy last fall. Vido will be assigned to the south zone which encompasses Benton, Warren, Fountain and Montgomery Counties. Vido resides in Tippecanoe County.
Probationary Trooper Dexter Whitten grew up in Tippecanoe County and attended Jefferson High School in Lafayette. After receiving his G.E.D, Whitten attended Ivy-Tech College in Lafayette before joining the Army National Guard in 2008. He will be patrolling the north zone which encompasses White, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties. Whitten resides in West Lafayette.
Probationary Trooper Jared K. McQueary was born in Vigo County, but grew up in the Lafayette area. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 2008 and received an Associate Degree from Ivy-Tech Community College in 2011. McQueary will also be assigned to the north zone. McQueary and his family reside in Tippecanoe County.