Harrison Countians among new ISP troopers
Two men with Harrison County connections have been assigned to the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg.
Greg Pate and Patrick Shawler are two of the six new troopers assigned to the post after graduating from the Indiana State Police Academy in early July. The graduating class ‘ 121 members ‘ was the largest in the 67 years of the ISP recruit history. They took their oath of office July 6 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
Pate, 29, is a 1997 graduate of Corydon Central High School, and Shawler, 22, graduated from CCHS six years later, in 2003.
After high school graduation, Pate studied electrical engineering at the University of Louisville. He worked at a few places, including Insight Communications before his interest in law enforcement piqued. Then, he volunteered as a reserve police officer for the city of New Albany for three years.
Pate is the son of Rhonda April of Jeffersonville and Roy Pate of Louisville. He is single and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend.
He said now that he has graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy, he looks forward to ‘making a difference and helping keep the public safe.’
Becoming a K-9 officer or a member of the Emergency Response Team is a possibility in the future, Pate said.
Shawler attended Indiana University Southeast for one year after high school graduation then studied psychology for two years at U of L. Then he had the opportunity to get into the ISP recruit class.
‘It’s the greatest police organization,’ he said, adding that he looks forward to working with the public and serving the community.
Shawler is the son of Mickey and Brian Hendrich of Corydon. He is single and enjoys camping, jogging and ‘hanging out with my friends.’
During their time at the academy, from Jan. 26 through the end of June, the new troopers received approximately 840 hours of training, including instruction in criminal law, vehicle operations, psychology, ‘Survival Spanish,’ criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation, and impaired driver prevention and detection.
‘During the academy, these cadets have been equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be a trooper,’ said ISP Supt. Paul Whitesell, Ph.D. ‘Now it is time to put those skills to work for the people of Indiana.’
Troopers assigned to the Sellersburg post are responsible for Harrison, Floyd, Washington, Clark and Scott counties. The other four new recruits at Sellersburg are Travis Baker from Washington County, Shannon Burton from Carter County, Ky., Mark Lamaster from Scott County and Brock McCooe from Floyd County.