Two new Indiana State Troopers reported for duty to the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles.
Trooper Payton Utterback, 23, ultimately will be assigned to Zone 1, patrolling Bartholomew and Jackson counties. Utterback is a 2017 graduate of Franklin Community High School and graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Intel Analysis. Utterback has also served in the Air National Guard since 2017.
Before attending the Indiana State Police Academy, Utterback worked as a personal trainer. Utterback is the son of ISP Lt. Ty Utterback of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. Trooper Utterback and his wife live in Bartholomew County.
Trooper Brian Weigel, 28, ultimately will be assigned to Zone 4, patrolling Dearborn and Ripley Counties. He is a 2012 of East Central High School in St. Leon. After high school, he obtained an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Vincennes University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University East. Prior to attending the Indiana State Police Academy, Trp. Weigel was a deputy with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department for nearly five years.
Weigel is the son of Indiana State Police-Versailles Post crime scene investigator Stephen Weigel. Trooper Weigel lives in Dearborn County with his wife and one child.
Utterback and Weigel are from a class of 18 recruits who graduated from the 82nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on June 16. During the 23-week training period, the recruits received more than 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 500 hours of hands-on practical and scenario-based training exercises. These troopers will now be assigned to train with veteran troopers for the next 13 weeks before receiving their own patrol cars for solo patrol.
The Versailles District consists of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties.
Versailles District Commander Paul Adams said, “We are proud to welcome these two new troopers to the Versailles District, and we are excited to see the difference they will make on the highways and in the communities they will serve.”