4 new Jasper Post troopers earn cars, start patrols

The 51 Indiana State Police Commissions were stored in the Headquarters garage until being issued today. Photo by Indiana State Police

From Local Sources

JASPER — The four new troopers at the Indiana State Police post in Jasper — they include a Southridge graduate — received their first patrol vehicles today.

Troopers Teresa Bowling, Clay Ford, Patrick Gallagher and Christopher Rainey were among 51 troopers who graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December after successfully completing 22 weeks of intense training. The 1,000 hours of instruction included schooling in criminal and traffic law, crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.

Bowling, Ford, Gallagher and Rainey have spent the last three months riding with and being evaluated by veteran state troopers. Now that they have completed the field training phase and passed an oral interview, they were assigned their first patrol vehicles today in Indianapolis.

Those cars, referred to as the troopers’ commissions in state police parlance, had been readied at the ISP Headquarters Garage.

The four new troopers will now begin solo patrol in the Jasper district, which covers seven counties: Dubois, Spencer, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange and Perry.


Trooper Teresa Bowling, 25, of Holland, graduated from Southridge High School in 2012.

Bowling attended the University of Southern Indiana where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology in 2016.

She previously served as a police officer with the Huntingburg Police Department.

Bowling enjoys reading, singing and spending time in the outdoors with friends and family.


Trooper Clay Ford, 23, of Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2013.

Ford attended Oakland City University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2017.

He was previously employed by the German Township Water Department.

Ford enjoys hunting, fishing and sports.


Trooper Patrick Gallagher, 27, of Depauw, graduated from Gallagher Academy of Indiana High School in 2009.

Gallagher then enlisted and served in the United States Navy as an active duty fire control technician.

He was previously employed by Jasper Engines & Transmissions.

Gallagher enjoys riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing.


Trooper Christopher Rainey, 25, of Salem, graduated from Salem High School in 2011.

Rainey attended Franklin College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 2015.

He was previously employed as an athletic trainer for Salem High School.

Rainey enjoys hunting, reading and lifting weights.

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