Local Trooper was named 2021 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year

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Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter announced Friday that the recipient of the 2021 Indiana State Police Trooper of the Year is Trooper Andrew D. Rasala Jr.

Rasala is the first Lowell Post soldier to receive this award. He is also the 2021 Trooper of the District for the Lowell Post.

In 2021, Rasala was assigned to the Lowell Post’s day shift and specialized as a member of the All Crimes Policing (ACP) team. Rasala is a Field Training Officer (FTO), a member of the Mobile Field Force (MFF), and a background investigator. In 2021, Rasala had 1026 traffic contacts, 135 criminal arrests (including 70 for criminal offenses). In addition to regular patrol duties, Rasala confiscated over £1200. from illicit drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs; 25 firearms and more than $340,400 in US currency. Rasala has accomplished all of this while taking routine calls for help, including 321 police services and 33 accident reports. District #1 Law Enforcement Council also recently recognized Rasala for exemplary service in 2021.

The Indiana State Police said Rasala was named in his nomination as an exemplary leader who served as the informal leader of the ACP team.

“His commitment and initiative are evident every day. Trp. Rasala is described as regularly receiving positive comments from fellow soldiers and the public regarding his work ethic and calm demeanor.”

In addition to the duties required by the Indiana State Police while serving the citizens of Indiana, Trp. Rasala also serves his community as the school resource officer for the East Porter County School Corporation.

Trooper Rasala is a seven-year veteran with the Indiana State Police. He lives in Porter County with his wife Kristina and their two children.

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