County native assigned to state police post

Trooper Wyatt Madden reported for his first day at the Indiana State Police Sellersburg Post on Tuesday after graduating from the 84th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December.

He was one of 28 new probationary troopers assigned throughout the state.

While at the Sellersburg District, Madden will begin his next instruction phase, a three-month field training period where he will work alongside veteran troopers. The ISP field training program aims to give troopers practical application to the training they received throughout the formal academy.

While at the academy, Madden completed more than 1,200 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques and hands-on, scenario-based training. The curriculum included criminal law instruction, emergency vehicle operations, psychology, traffic law, crash investigation, self-defense, first responder and other general law enforcement-related training.

Upon completing field training, Madden will be assigned a patrol vehicle and begin solo patrol.

Madden is a native of Jackson County and a 2020 graduate of Salem High School. He currently lives in Clark County and will be assigned a specific patrol area within the Sellersburg District upon completing his field training.