On November 12, 2021, the Indiana State Police held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis. The ceremony publicly recognizes the achievements, self-sacrifice, and accomplishments of the Indiana State Police employees from around the state. Two local troopers were recognized at the ceremony.
Trooper Tyler Turchi was recognized as the 2020 Indiana State Police Lafayette Post Trooper of the District. The award is given annually to the trooper that personifies integrity, professionalism, and a well-rounded work ethic. Turchi was selected by the command staff at the Lafayette Post for the dedication to his job, traffic and criminal enforcement, community involvement, instructor ratings, specialty assignments, and other services provided by the officer that exceed department expectations. In 2020, Turchi had 229 Criminal arrests, 35 DUI arrests, investigated 34 crashes, answered over 200 calls for service, and initiated 1,512 traffic stops. Turchi has worked for the Indiana State Police for 3 years and is assigned to patrol primarily in Fountain County.
Trooper Daniel Connolly received the Indiana State Police Lafayette District DUI Award for his commitment to removing impaired drivers from the Indiana roadways. In 2020, Connolly led the Lafayette Post with 82 impaired driving arrests. Connolly exemplifies the professionalism and integrity expected of the Indiana State Police troopers. Connolly’s actions continue to make the roadways safer for the citizens of Indiana. Trooper Connolly has worked for the Indiana State Police for 4 years and is assigned to patrol primarily in Clinton County
“I am very proud of the work of these troopers and all the troopers from the Lafayette Post,” stated Lt. Tom McKee, Commander of the Lafayette Post. “These troopers have earned the awards they are receiving for their dedication to protecting the communities they serve.”