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South Decatur grad new state trooper


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A South Decatur High School graduate has started his duties as an Indiana State Police probationary trooper, patrolling Jennings County.

James A. Herbert, 27, received his commission Aug. 18 from the Versailles District after completing field training required following his graduation from the 73rd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on May 14.

Herbert is a 2006 South Decatur graduate. He served six years in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq from March 2008 to April 2009. Before the recruit academy, he was employed by Dan Wenning Floor Finishing in Greensburg.

He has a 5-year-old daughter.

He received about 917 hours of structured training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. Academy curriculum includes criminal and traffic law, general police subjects, arrest techniques, emergency driving, physical tactics and firearms qualifications.

After recruit school, probationary troopers worked and were evaluated for three months by field training officers in the districts to which they were assigned. This period enhanced their knowledge learned in the academy and allowed them to apply the understanding to real-life situations.

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