Versailles District probationary troopers are (from left) Mitchel McDaniel, Taylor Cosby, Austin Straub, Vincent Scott, Taylor Ranshaw and Michael Knox.

Recently, six new troopers reported to the Indiana State Police-Versailles District following their graduation from the 79th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

Thirty-seven probationary troopers graduated from the 79th ISP Academy Dec. 19, 2019. Six of those probationary troopers are being assigned to the Versailles Post and will begin a three-month field training period while being trained by a field training officer. These troopers have already completed over 1,000 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques as well as hands-on and scenario-based training at the academy. The curriculum included criminal law, traffic law, emergency vehicle operations, psychology, firearms, crash investigation, self-defense, first aid and other general law enforcement training.

The new troopers assigned to the Versailles District:

Trooper Mitchell McDaniel, 25, is a 2012 graduate of Fort Wayne Snider High School, Fort Wayne. After graduation, McDaniel attended Purdue University-Fort Wayne. He has been a member of the United States Air Force Guard since 2012. He lives in Jefferson County with his wife and daughter.

Trooper Michael Knox, 26, is a 2012 graduate of Streator High School, Streator, Illinois. He attended Lincoln Technical College, Indianapolis, where he obtained a degree in diesel technology. Prior to being hired by ISP, Knox worked for Kenworth in Peru, Illinois, and Invenergy in Grand Ridge, Illinois. He lives in Franklin County with his wife and daughter.Trooper Taylor Ranshaw, 25, is a 2013 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School. After high school, Ranshaw attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he graduated in 2018 with a degree in criminal justice. Prior to being hired by ISP, Ranshaw was a reserve police officer with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department and Lawrenceburg Police Department. Ranshaw, who recently got engaged, lives in Dearborn County.

Trooper Austin Straub, 23, is a 2015 graduate of Columbus Christian High School, Columbus, Indiana. Straub attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he graduated in 2019 with a degree in criminal justice. Prior to being hired by ISP, Straub worked for Bartholomew County Community Corrections. He lives in Brown County.

Trooper Vincent Scott, 29, who was homeschooled, graduated from high school in 2009. He attended Vincennes University where he received a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management along with associate degrees in psychology and general studies. Prior to being hired by ISP, Scott worked for the Indiana Department of Corrections. He and his wife live in Henry County.

Trooper Taylor Cosby, 24, is a 2014 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. Cosby worked for Madison Tool and Die from 2014-16 and the Madison Correctional Facility from 2016-19 prior to being hired by ISP. He and his wife live in Jefferson County.

Upon completion of the ISP-Versailles District Field Training Program, all six probationary troopers will receive their police vehicles and begin solo patrol in the Versailles District.

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