New ISP troopers receive patrol cars
Last month, probationary troopers from the 79th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class were issued their state police cars at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis.
Among them were Dakota Novak, who is from Marengo and a graduate of Crawford County High School, and Clay Boley of Charlestown. Both Novak and Boley are assigned to the Sellersburg post.
The probationary officers recently completed a three-month field training period with veteran troopers. They will serve a one-year probationary period before attaining permanent status as a trooper. In addition to the field training, the new officers received more than 900 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques while at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy at Plainfield. Their curriculum included criminal law instruction, emergency vehicle operations training, psychology and survival Spanish. They also developed skills in criminal investigation, vehicle crash investigation and impaired driver prevention and detection.
Novak also attended Prosser Career Education School with training in firefighting and EMS and worked as a heavy equipment operator before becoming a trooper. He has numerous hobbies, including hunting, golf and woodworking. Novak and his wife, Shaifer, reside in Harrison County, which will be his primary area of patrol.
Boley, a graduate of Charlestown High School, enlisted in the Army after graduation and was an airborne infantryman in the 3rd Ranger Battalion. Boley enjoys weightlifting and fishing. He and his wife, Destiny, reside in Clark County. Boley’s primary patrol counties will be Floyd and Clark.