Jasper post rolls out 2 new troopersJanuary 9, 2020
By BILL POWELL
JASPER — The Indiana State Police Jasper Post has gained two new troopers.
And another of the 37 probationary troopers who graduated from the 79th Indiana State Police Academy last month, a Jasper man, has been assigned to the Evansville Post.
The Jasper Post’s new troopers are Andrew S. Jones and Jonathan Villanueva.
Jones, 27, a native of Jasper, is a 2010 graduate of Jasper High School who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school. Jones spent his first two years of his Marine Corps enlistment in Okinawa, Japan, and the remainder of his time at Camp Pendleton, California.
Jones worked as a correctional officer at Branchville Correctional Facility from October 2014 until November 2016. In November 2016, Jones was hired as a police officer in Huntingburg until June 2019 when he started the State Police Academy to become a trooper.
Jones and his 5-year-old son reside in Jasper.
Villanueva, 29, graduated from Jasper High School in 2008 and previously worked for Goody’s and Sternberg Automotive. In December 2014, Villanueva became a reserve officer for the city of Huntingburg and stated that is when he fell in love with the profession. In 2019, he attended and graduated the 79th state police recruit class.
Villanueva currently lives in Huntingburg with his wife and children.
The Jasper Post covers seven counties: Dubois, Spencer, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange and Perry. Commander Lt. Jason Allen stated he is excited to have the two new troopers in the district and is excited for them to become part of the Jasper Post family.
The Evansville Post’s ranks have been bolstered with the addition of Alex Vennekotter, 23, of Jasper. After successfully completing field training with Evansville troopers, he will be assigned his own patrol car and will primarily patrol Gibson County.
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