The Indiana State Police are the state level law enforcement body serving the state of Indiana in the United States. It employs around 2,000 sworn officers and civilian staff members and has a jurisdictional area encompassing 36,418 square miles. The ISP is headquartered at 100 North Senate Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its official website is located at Indiana State Police Home. The ISP’s mission statement is:
“The Indiana State Police shall provide the most professional, effective and courteous police service possible at all times and with every endeavor.”
For the sake of of patrol and other policingactivities, the ISP splits the state of Indiana into 13 districts. District 13, Lowell, is comprised of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski Counties. District 14, Lafayette, is comprised of Benton, White, Carroll, Warren, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Clinton and Montgomery. District 16, Peru, is comprised of Fulton, Cass, Miami, Wabash, Howard, Tipton and Grant Counties. District 22, Fort Wayne, is comprised of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Blackford and Jay Counties. District 24, Bremen, is comprised of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall and Kosciusko Counties. District 33, Bloomington, is comprised of Morgan, Owen, Monroe, Brown, Greene and Lawrence Counties. District 34, Jasper, is comprised of Daviess, Martin, Dubois, Orange, Crawford, Spencer and Perry Counties. District 35 Evansville is comprised of Knox, Gibson, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. District 42, Versailles, is comprised of Jackson, Bartholomew, Jennings, Decatur, Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn, Jefferson, Ohio and Switzerland Counties. District 45, Sellersburg, is comprised of Washington, Scott, Clark, Harrison and Floyd Counties. District 51, Pendleton, is comprised of Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Wayne, Rush, Fayette and Union Counties. District 52, Indianapolis, is comprised of Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Johnson and Shelby Counties. District 53, Putnamville, is comprised of Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay and Sullivan Counties.
The Indiana State Police is composed of six divisions. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division handles the enforcement of federal and state regulations pertaining to commercial motor vehicles as well as the state’s school bus inspection program. The Communications Division maintains all the various communications systems and equipment used by the ISP. The Criminal Investigation Division serves as the investigative branch for the ISP and is built of the Criminal Field Operation, the Special Investigation Section, the Criminal Intelligence Section, the Drug Enforcement Section, & the Meth Suppression Section. The Operations Support Division maintains the Aviation Section, the EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Team, the Emergency Response Team, the Interdiction Team, Hostage/Crisis Negotiators, the Scuba Team and the K-9 Program. Other divisions include the Fiscal Division, handling all departmental financial elements of the ISP, and the Human Resources Division, handling recruiting, promotional testing and application, pensions and insurance.
The state of Indiana is estimated to have a population of 6,537,334 persons and there are an average (as figured annually) of 220,634 crimes. Violent crime represents about 10% of these criminal occurrences with murders figured at 310 (0.05 per one-thousand residents), rapes at 1,667 (0.26 per one-thousand residents), robberies at 6,598 (1.01 per one-thousand residents) and assaults at 14,027 (2.15 per one-thousand residents), totaling together to 22,602 violent crimes averaged yearly (3.46 per one-thousand residents). Property crimes comprise the other 90% of those criminal occurrences with burglaries figured at 47,612 (7.28 per one-thousand residents), thefts at 136,759 (20.92 per one-thousand residents) and automobile thefts at 13,661 (2.09 per one-thousand residents), totaling together to 198,032 property crimes averaged yearly (30.29 per one-thousand residents). Overall, a denizen of the state of Indiana possesses a one in 289 chance of falling victim to a violent crime and a one in 33 chance of falling victim to a property crime on average in a year.
The Indiana State Police provides a resource for obtaining arrest records in the form of their Limited Criminal History Records. These limited histories are available for a fee through either an online search or by mail and include only class A misdemeanors and felonies.