Jasper Post promotes top troops to detectiveJune 26, 2018
By BILL POWELL
JASPER — A master trooper and a trooper at the Indiana State Police Jasper Post have been promoted to detective.
Master Trooper Charles Pirtle and Trooper Michael Allen received their new assignments from Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter last week.
Pirtle is a Crawford County native and 16-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, having graduated from the 62nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December 2001. After graduation, Pirtle was assigned to the Lafayette Post before transferring home to the Jasper Post in 2003.
His specialties include underwater search-and-rescue diving, honor guard services, emergency vehicle operations instructor, marijuana eradication coordinator, methamphetamine suppression coordinator and advanced crash reconstructionist.
Pirtle graduated from the Eastern Seaboard Divers Academy, Erial, New Jersey, as a certified commercial diver after successfully completing 720 hours of training.
The new detective is an honorably-discharged United States Army combat medic. During his three years of military service, Pirtle spent 17 months deployed to Korea.
Allen is an Orange County native and five-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, having graduated from the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on Dec. 12, 2012. After graduation, Allen was assigned to the Jasper Post where he patrolled primarily Orange County.
He is trained as a hostage crisis negotiator, honor guard rifleman, field training officer, clandestine lab technician, tactical intervention platoon (riot squad) member and is currently in training to become a certified drug recognition expert.
He was district Trooper of the Year in 2014 and 2017 and was the 2017 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year, which was an honor covering all 14 ISP districts throughout the state.
Allen is also an honorably-discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Indiana State Police 1st Sgt. Rob Gardner, the Jasper district’s investigative commander, said both men will be assets to the D-34 Criminal Investigative Division as they continue their service to the citizens of Indiana.
The Jasper Post covers seven counties: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry and Spencer.
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