Dubois County native wins Trooper of the Year award

By Herald Staff

Indiana State Police Trooper Teresa Bowling was named the Jasper District 2020 Trooper of the Year at the ISP annual awards ceremony last week.

The ceremony, which was postponed several times due to COVID-19 restrictions, recognized troopers and state police civilian employees throughout the state for their accomplishments. The recipient of the award is chosen from factors such as traffic and criminal enforcement, community involvement and special assignments such as SCUBA, ERT, Meth Lab Team, instructor ratings and other services performed for the department that goes beyond normal expectations.

Bowling, 28, is from Holland. She graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in late 2018 and was assigned to the Jasper Post shortly after, where she served as a road trooper, primarily patrolling Perry County. Bowling has also served as a drug recognition expert and a standardized field sobriety test instructor.

“Although 2020 was quite the anomaly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trooper Bowling still made a strong impact in her patrol area, where she normally works the night shift,” Lt. Jason Allen, Commander of the Jasper District, said.

Bowling made 325 criminal arrests, including 37 OWIs, Allen said.

Bowling was awarded a plaque that read, “Presented to the Trooper who has achieved outstanding enforcement efforts in the areas of traffic and criminal enforcement, case and crash investigations, public information programs, and community service, and who has exemplified the professionalism and integrity expected of an Indiana State Trooper.”

Bowling graduated from Southridge High School in 2012 and the University of Southern Indiana in 2016, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and sociology. She previously served as a police officer with the Huntingburg Police Department.

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