Probationary troopers issued police cars



Probationary Indiana State Police troopers — they include two new members of the Jasper Post and a third Jasper man assigned to the Evansville Post — took another step toward becoming permanent members of the force Tuesday.

The probationary troopers, Andrew S. Jones and Jonathan Villanueva at the Jasper Post and Alex Vennekotter at Evansville, received their police cars after completing three months of field training with veteran troopers and five months of law enforcement training at the Indiana State Recruit Academy.

Jones and Villanueva will now be patrolling the Jasper district’s seven counties: Dubois, Daviess, Crawford, Martin, Orange, Perry and Spencer.

After a one-year probationary period, the troopers become permanent members of the Indiana State Police.

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.

Vennekotter, 23, of Jasper, will primarily patrol Gibson County as a member of the Evansville Post.

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