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.
Job Requirements and Essential Functions
Personal Work Relationships
Physical Effort and Work Environment
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
Drug and Trace Analysis:
Ballistic Imaging, Firearms Examinations, Latent Print Comparisons and Document Analysis:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.