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Local officer ISP's 'Trooper of the Year'


May 13, 2009
Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell, Ph.D., at an awards ceremony Friday in Indianapolis, named Troop-er Heath Carkuff from the Jasper Post the ISP's "Trooper of the Year."

The annual awards ceremony was conceived by Whitesell, with the first ceremony on April 24, 2007. Whitesell believed there was the need to publicly recognize the achievements and deeds of self sacrifice and accomplishment that all too often go without the proper recognition.

"As the executive staff reviewed potential recipients for this award, there were several that ranked high in consideration," Whitesell said. "But when all things were considered — traffic and criminal enforcement, general well-rounded approach to duties, and volunteering for additional duties, the choice became clear."

Carkuff joined the ISP in July 2007. In 2008, while working nights in Perry and Crawford counties, he issued 1,430 traffic citations and 1,380 warnings. He made 42 operating while intoxicated arrests, with 10 of those being felony counts for second offenses.

During the same time period, Carkuff worked 29 crashes and made 251 arrests for restraint violations. He worked 55 cases and made 190 criminal arrests, out of which 64 were for felony offenses. When it came to providing service to the public, Carkuff documented 404 police services for the year and 12 public appearances.

"Although Trooper Carkuff has only been a member of the Indiana State Police for 1-1/2 years, he has already made a substantial impact on his community, his co-workers and his supervisors," Lt. Don Bolen, commander of the Jasper Post, said.

"He has quickly earned the reputation as being a mature, capable, dependable and extremely committed police officer. He has the ability to remain calm under the most adverse conditions and his work ethic is second to none."

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