Indianapolis, IN- On Monday, February 13, 2017 the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division graduated 6 new Motor Carrier Inspectors (MCI’s) from its 2016-2017 Motor Carrier Inspector Recruit Academy. An ISP MCI is a uniformed civilian employee with limited enforcement authority tasked with enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and certain Indiana state laws governing trucks and buses. During the 11 week academy the recruits received intensive technical training in the areas of emergency vehicle operations, first aid, defensive tactics, fire arms familiarization, radio communication, and court testimony. They were also instructed on FMCSR and Indiana traffic laws governing truck size, weight, registration, and permitting.
During the graduation ceremony the featured speaker, Mr. Gary Langston President of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, spoke on the importance the new MCIs will play in ensuring safety on the roads and how crucial it is that the trucking industry and enforcement work together to reach that common goal. Standing before friends, family, and future co-workers Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter administered the Oath of Office to the recruits and then welcomed them into the ISP Family.
On Tuesday, February 14th, the probationary inspectors reported to their areas of assignment and began a fourteen week field training phase. During this training phase the MCI’s will work with veteran inspectors to experience hands on, real world application of the materials they learned during the recruit school academy.
Gerald Farmer, Richard Wieczorek, and Chad Mysiewicz are assigned the Lowell Districts scale facilities while Donald Aldrich and Gerald Stump will be working at the Putnamville District’s West Terre Haute Scale facility. Michael Buckley is assigned to the Versailles District’s West Harrison Scale facility.
Captain Jon Smithers, Commander of the Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, closed the ceremony with the following comments. “You will be patrolling our state’s highways and manning our weigh stations ensuring the safety of the citizens of Indiana and our visitors. Not only to ensure that large commercial vehicles are operating and being maintained in a safe manner but also to identify potential criminal activities such drug smuggling, human trafficking, and terroristic activities. Stay vigil, stay safe, and utilize the training you have received to return home to the ones you love every night.”
Further information on the Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspector program can be found at www.in.gov/isp and click on the link "Career Opportunities."