October 19, 2017, the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed their graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda. Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, followed by a commencement address from The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State Of Indiana. After the commencement address the oath of office for the 33 new state police officers was delivered by The Honorable Christopher Goff, of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff. This graduation marked the culmination of 24 weeks of intense training that exceeded 1,000 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing. Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO). The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received over the duration of the formal academe training. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.