The six new probationary troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Versailles District are (from left) Mitchell McDaniel, Taylor Cosby, Austin Straub, Vincent Scott, Taylor Ranshaw and Michael Knox. (Photo from Indiana State Police)
The six new probationary troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Versailles District are (from left) Mitchell McDaniel, Taylor Cosby, Austin Straub, Vincent Scott, Taylor Ranshaw and Michael Knox. (Photo from Indiana State Police)
Six new troopers recently reported for duty at the Indiana State Police Versailles District post after their graduation from the 79th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

The group includes two — Taylor Cosby and Mitchell McDaniel — with ties to Jefferson County.

The new troopers, who are listed as probationary, have already completed more than 1,000 hours of structured training in law enforcement techniques as well as hands-on and scenario-based training. The training included criminal law, traffic law, emergency vehicle operations, psychology, firearms, crash investigation, self-defense, first aid and other general law enforcement training.

All six still must complete a three-month field training period under the supervision of a field training officer. When field training is completed, all six will receive their police vehicles and begin solo patrol in the Versailles District.

Trooper Cosby, 24, is a 2014 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and worked for Madison Tool and Die from 2014 to 2016 and the Madison Correctional Facility from 2016 to 2019 before being hired by ISP. Cosby and his wife live in Jefferson County.

Trooper McDaniel, 25, of Fort Wayne lives in Jefferson County with his wife and daughter. After graduation in 2012 from Fort Wayne Snider High School, McDaniel attended Purdue University-Fort Wayne and has been a member of the U.S. Air Force Guard since 2012.

The other four new troopers include:

Trooper Michael Knox, 26, a 2012 graduate of Streator High School in Streator, Illinois. He attended Lincoln Technical College in Indianapolis where he obtained a degree in diesel technology. Before being hired by ISP, Knox worked for Kenworth in Peru, Illinois, and Invenergy in Grand Ridge, Illinois. He lives in Franklin County with his wife and daughter.

Trooper Taylor Ranshaw, 25, is a 2013 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he graduated in 2018 with a degree in criminal justice. Before being hired by ISP, Ranshaw was a reserve police officer with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department and Lawrenceburg Police Department. He recently was engaged and lives in Dearborn County.

Trooper Austin Straub, 23, is a 2015 graduate of Columbus Christian High School in Columbus. He attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he graduated in 2019 with a degree in criminal justice. Before being hired by ISP, Straub worked for Bartholomew County Community Corrections. He lives in Brown County.

Trooper Vincent Scott, 29, who was homeschooled and graduated from high school in 2009 and attended Vincennes University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management along with associates degrees in psychology and general studies. Before being hired by ISP, he worked for the Indiana Department of Corrections. Scott and his wife ive in Henry County.