Columbus resident promoted to squad leader

A Columbus resident has been promoted to the rank of sergeant and will serve as the squad leader for the Indiana State Police’s Versailles District.

Sgt. Bryce Harris was promoted after completing the Indiana State Police promotional process, which included performance evaluations, written testing, oral interview and review by the Indiana State Police superintendent.

Harris’ new responsibilities include supervising a squad of troopers who patrol Zone 1 of the Versailles District, which includes Bartholomew and Jackson counties. He is filling the vacancy made when Lt. Paul Adams was promoted to the district commander of the Versailles Post.

“Sgt. Harris has been an extremely hardworking trooper throughout his career and is very deserving of this promotion,” Adams said.

Harris resides in Columbus with his wife, Staci, and two children.

He is a 1995 graduate of Franklin Community High School in Johnson County, Indiana. Harris attended Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus from 1995 to 1999. He attended and graduated from the 65th Indiana State Police Academy in April 2006.

After graduation, Harris was assigned to the Seymour District of the Indiana State Police until its closing in 2010. He then was assigned to the Versailles District, where he patrolled Jackson and Bartholomew counties until his promotion.

Harris has been a member of the Indiana State Police Department’s Clandestine Laboratory Team, Tactical Intervention Platoon and Honor Guard. He also was trained and certified to be a field training officer and a firearms instructor.