Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter arrives by helicopter at Indiana Tech for Tuesday's announcement. (Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette)
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter joins Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf before signing their education agreement Tuesday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf, left and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter sign an agreement making Indiana Tech a preferred education partner of the Indiana State Police at Andorfer Commons on Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:00 am
Indiana Tech helping troopers
Agreement to provide scholarships for state police
ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette
Rather than players in uniform, Indiana Tech personnel clad in suits occupied the campus baseball field's first base dugout Tuesday morning. They awaited not a first pitch but an arrival by helicopter of Indiana State Police.
A few dozen spectators watched as university President Karl Einolf walked toward right field to greet police Superintendent Doug Carter, who traveled from Indianapolis to sign an agreement benefiting troopers' education.
Beginning Tuesday, the university will provide corporate scholarships to current and former state police troopers, staff members and their spouses wanting to take undergraduate and graduate classes through Indiana Tech's College of Professional Studies.
Current and retired troopers pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice will receive credit for their academy training, shortening the path to their degrees.
Carter, who traveled with Sgt. Matt Voorhees and Maj. Danny Price, expressed a “sincere thank you” during the signing ceremony in an Andorfer Commons board room. Such an agreement has been a pipe dream for the agency for many years, he said.
“Words do not adequately express my appreciation to President Einolf and Indiana State Police Training Division commander Maj. Danny Price for crafting this educational opportunity, not only for all department members, but their spouses as well,” Carter said. “It's truly remarkable.”
Einolf described the opportunity as a real honor for the university.
“Indiana Tech is pleased to partner with the Indiana State Police to benefit the men and women who work so hard to protect and serve our state,” Einolf said.
“Our degree offerings are well-suited to helping them advance in their careers and to continue serving our state with the highest levels of professionalism, innovation and effectiveness.
“Everyone at our university looks forward to helping them pursue their educational goals and reach their greatest potential.”
The state police doesn't require its applicants to have a bachelor's degree, Carter said, but the education is preferred and can set recruits apart.
Indiana Tech's mission includes preparing students so they can adapt to new technology in their careers, Einolf said.
Sunday's arrest in the April Tinsley homicide case reinforces law enforcement's ability to embrace new ideas and technology, Carter said.
John D. Miller, 59, of Grabill, is accused of sexually assaulting the 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl, strangling her in his home and dumping her body the next day in a DeKalb County ditch in 1988.
Police used DNA taken from condoms recovered July 6 from outside Miller's home and in 2004 from three other locations to identify the alleged killer. Genealogy data also was used to narrow the search, police have said.
“I am so crazy proud of that,” Carter said, adding it was unfortunate that it took 30 years.