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Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division

 Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division

Laboratory Division

Laboratory Division

Trooper

 Trooper

Capitol Police

Capitol Police

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division

The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is composed of Troopers and civilian enforcement personnel know as Motor Carrier Inspectors.  The primary purpose of the division is to make Indiana's roadways safer by enforcing federal and state regulations pertaining to commercial motor vehicle transportation.

Motor Carrier Inspectors (MCIs) comprise approximately seventy percent of the division's total personnel and are considered the backbone of the division.  MCI personnel are assigned throughout the state to operate Indiana's ten permanent scale facilities.  Motor Carrier Inspectors also aid the seventeen district post facilities with commercial vehicle enforcement and educational programs.  They are instrumental in providing technical information support to the public, other law enforcement agencies and the transportation industry.

Motor Carrier Inspector instruction is some of the most challenging, technical training the Department offers.  Training involves dealing with commercial motor vehicle drivers and inspectors must gain mechanical knowledge about vehicle systems and their operations.

Motor Carrier Inspectors have been valuable members of the Indiana State Police for over 50 years.  With the increase in commercial vehicle traffic, Motor Carrier Inspectors will continue to play an important role with the Indiana State Police.

Responsibilities

  •  Enforcement of motor carrier truck and bus laws within their scope of authority
  •  Pursue enforcement actions when required

Duties

  •  Check working order of scales prior to use
  •  Conduct inspections of applicable vehicles for safety registration, proper operator papers, permits, documentation and proper safety equipment
  •  Weigh trucks on permanent and/or portable scales
  •  Complete proper reports on each enforcement action taken
  •  Set up portable scales in order to weigh trucks
  •  Testify in court
  •  Perform duties in conjunction with troopers to detect motor carrier violations and/or to weigh trucks at random on portable scales
  •  Ensure violator vehicles are properly secured
  •  Inform county prosecutors on motor carrier violations and technicalities for preparation of trials
  •  Assist and inform trucking companies and motorist regarding motor carrier laws
  •  Assist troopers and other police agencies with truck enforcement problems
  •  Keep assigned equipment in condition pursuant to Standard Operating Procedure
  •  Perform school bus inspections
  •  Submit daily and monthly reports
  •  Train, assist and supervise Motor Carrier Inspector Trainees in performing the required tasks
  •  Participate in the Safety Audit Program as required

Job Requirements and Essential Functions

  •  Must possess a valid driver's license.
  •  Must be able to interpret and apply federal and state motor carrier regulations and statutes
  •  Through knowledge of federal and Indiana motor carrier authority laws and regulations governing the operation of motor carrier vehicles
  •  Knowledge of the Indiana State Police's Standard Operating Procedure pertaining to Motor Carrier Inspectors
  •  Ability to explain to violators the laws and regulations being enforced
  •  Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  •  Must be able to organize, file and retrieve information
  •  Must be able to use correct English grammar and basic math
  •  Must be able to work with minimal supervision, prioritize work and meet deadlines
  •  Must be ale to operate portable and permanent scales and other related equipment

Personal Work Relationships

  • Work with Department personnel, other local, state and federal agencies, members of the Criminal Justice and Judicial system and the general public

Physical Effort and Work Environment

  •  Work is normally performed at a scale facility environment or outside in all types of weather
  •  Some work is performed under or on top on vehicles
  •  Exposure to hazards of varied weather conditions
  •  Possible exposure to hazardous materials

Pay Matrix:
MCI Matrix - Effective 07-2007
MCI Matrix - Effective 07-2008

Laboratory Division

The Laboratory Division provides analytical services, field support and evidence security to the criminal justice community of Indiana.  Our mission is "to provide a maximum of crime laboratory service for all branches of the criminal justice system within the resources provided." Our goal is "to develop evidence collection and analytical resources in a balanced fashion."

The Indiana State Police Laboratory was instituted in 1936 to provide forensic services, three years after the Indiana State Police Department was established. Since then it has developed into a regional laboratory system with laboratories strategically located in Indianapolis, Lowell, Fort Wayne and Evansville.  These laboratories are accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

All four laboratories provide analytical service in ballistic imaging, DNA, drug analysis, firearms examinations and latent pint comparisons.  Document analysis and trace examinations are conducted only at the Indianapolis Regional Laboratory. 

Job Requirements and Essential Functions

  • Basic knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instrumentation and analytical techniques

  • Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

  • Must have the ability to differentiate colors as evidenced by medical certification

  • Must possess a valid driver's license

  • Ability to travel to by aircraft

  • Ability to attend training at alternate locations for extended periods of time

Core Requirements - depending on the discipline

DNA:

  • A Baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry or forensic science.
  • Must have successfully completed two of the following college courses: Genetics, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology.  Remaining courses must be successfully completed prior to performing DNA casework.
  • A Statistics course must be completed prior to DNA casework.

Drug and Trace Analysis:

  • A Baccalaureate degree in natural science or forensic science which shall include a minimum of one semester of physics and one year or equivalent in each of general chemistry, organic chemistry and analytical chemistry/instrumental methods including lecture and associated laboratory classes.

Ballistic Imaging, Firearms Examinations, Latent Print Comparisons and Document Analysis:

  • A Baccalaureate degree with science courses

Each person selected for a forensic scientist position, once hired, participates in an extensive laboratory training program.

The Laboratory Division also offers field support in the areas of polygraph examinations and crime scene investigations.  To become eligible for either of these areas a person must first become an Indiana State Police trooper, be selected for an opening, then successfully complete a specific training and internship program.

The Laboratory Division has a staff of 185 individuals providing analytical and support services to the criminal justice community of Indiana.  Over 90% of the Laboratory Division personnel are directly involved in collecting, maintaining or analyzing evidence.  In Indiana, Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs) respond to scenes and collect evidence which will be analyzed in one of the four regional laboratories by forensic scientists.

Interaction between CSIs and forensic scientists is routine as forensics is critical in most investigations in today's world.  Whether identifying the one print which places a suspect at a scene or discovering the microscopic drop of blood which when analyzed for DNA, identifies the perpetrator of a crime based upon a hit in the National DNA Offender Database the laboratory is the linchpin for investigations.  Identifying perpetrators of crimes means protecting Indiana's citizens from future criminal acts.  However, just as important to identifying perpetrators is the exoneration of the innocent.  The normal day for a forensic scientist can be filled with tremendous job satisfaction as the search for truth is always the ultimate goal of the forensic laboratory.  A career in forensics is only one of many possible career avenues within the Indiana State Police, but it is a very rewarding one.

Trooper

The Indiana State Police is a modern day progressive, professional police organization that has served the citizens of Indiana since 1933. From its humble beginning of sixteen officers being able to apprehend only car thieves, to today's department with full police powers, we have grown to be one of the premier state police agencies in the country.  You are about to take the first step to understanding where the department came from and to become a part of its future as a trooper.

Indiana was the 12th state to offer protection to its citizens with a state police force. In 1921, the Indiana General Assembly authorized the formation of a sixteen-man motor vehicle police force empowered to apprehend motor vehicle thieves.  Improved protection and service to citizens was provided in 1933, when the General Assembly organized the state's many separate enforcement bureaus into one unit, the Indiana State Police Department.

Since that time, the department has provided the best in police service to Indiana citizens.  The demand and need for public service is a constant challenge for the Indiana State Police trooper.  Behind the wheel of a police car, at the controls of a helicopter, underwater in scuba gear, handling explosives or firearms with an expert's touch, a trooper's career is one of action.  The spirit that makes the Indiana State Police great lies in the dedication of its members and the department's determination to constantly improve its level of service.  The spirit will prevail as the Indiana State Police continue to improve services in order to remain among the top law enforcement agencies in the country and to stand as a symbol of pride and security to the State of Indiana.

Requirements

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 21 and less than 40 years old when appointed as a police employee
  • Have vision correctable to 20/50
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Must possess a valid driver's license

Responsibilities

  • Work involves many independent decisions. Since the incumbent normally performs duties alone, independent judgment is often required to make decisions for unique circumstances.  Some complex problems may arise that require an immediate decision.  Incumbent receives general instructions before and during the shift.

Duties

  • Patrol county, state and Federal roads to detect and apprehend criminal and traffic law violators.
  • Investigate vehicle crashes.
  • Perform a wide variety of courtesy services.
  • Make death notifications.
  • Attempt to locate motorists and/or other persons for the delivery of emergency information.
  • Direct and control traffic at disaster scenes, accident sites and special events.
  • Render first aid to persons until medical help arrives.
  • Conduct criminal investigations.
  • Coordinate and assist investigative efforts with Bureau of Criminal Investigations
  • Testify in criminal and traffic court
  • Prepare and submit various evidence in compliance with Department Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Transport emergency medical supplies, blood, etc.
  • If a volunteer, may be selected to serve as a Department specialty team member.
  • If selected, serve as a Field Training Officer.
  • Assist the Federal Aviation Administration in the investigations of aircraft crashes.
  • Present law enforcement related public affairs programs
  • Assist local, county and Federal law enforcement agencies and other state agencies in a wide variety of area.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Pay Matrix:
Sworn Matrix - Effective 07-2007
Sworn Matrix - Effective 07-2008

Capitol Police

The Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section was established in 1888 to protect the grounds and elected officials of the State of Indiana.  It has grown from a 9 watchman working group to a professional 65 officer section of the Indiana State Police.  Merged with the Indiana State Police in July 2002 by state legislation to better provide for the needs of the state in these changing times, today the Capitol Police Officer is tasked with providing protection for state elected officials, visiting VIPs, and 20,000 state employees and visitors daily.  They are charged with the enforcement of State laws, regulations, and policies.  The Capitol Police are responsible for an estimated 1 billion dollars worthof taxpayer's property.  The Capitol Police Officer attends the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy for sixteen weeks and graduates as an Indiana certified law enforcement officer.

Requirements

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 20 years of age
  • Have vision correctable to 20/50
  • Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile
  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED

Authority and Work - Capitol Police officers are empowered to exercise full police authority in the enforcement of traffic and criminal laws within the state.  Among the many and varied duties are traffic enforcement, criminal enforcement and public service.

Responsibilities

Work involves many independent decisions.  Since the incumbent normally performs duties alone, independent judgment is often required to make decisions for unique circumstances.  Some complex problems may arise that require an immediate decision.  Incumbent receives general instructions before and during the shift.

Duties

  • Patrol and maintain security and preserve the peace in and about state property
  • Investigate vehicle crashes
  • Perform a wide variety of courtesy services
  • Direct and control vehicle and pedestrians at disaster scenes, accident sites and special events
  • Render first aid to persons until medical help arrives
  • Conduct criminal investigations
  • Testify in criminal and traffic court
  • Prepare and submit various reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner
  • Identify, collect and submit evidence in compliance with Department Standard Operating Procedure
  • If a volunteer, may be selected to serve as a Department specialty team member
  • If selected, serve as a Field Training Officer
  • Present law enforcement related public affairs programs
  • Assist local, county, federal law enforcement agencies and other state agencies in a wide variety of areas
  • Perform other duties as required

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