The Indiana State Police held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis this afternoon. The ceremony publicly recognized the achievements and accomplishments that all too often go without the proper recognition. Officers were recognized for their dedication, service, bravery, devotion to the department and the citizens of Indiana. Two troopers from the Toll Road Post were honored for their efforts in serving the citizens of Indiana.
The 2018 Trooper of the District Award for the Toll Road Post was presented to Trooper Scott Hipsher. This award is given annually to a trooper at each district that personifies integrity, professionalism, and a well-rounded work ethic. Hipsher was selected by his command staff for his dedication, traffic and criminal enforcement, community involvement, and other services performed for the department beyond normal expectations. Hipsher is an 8-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He patrols the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph, Elkhart, and LaGrange Counties.
Trooper Ala’a Hamed received the District DUI Award for the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post as well as a DUI Life Award. The District DUI Award is presented to the top trooper in each district for outstanding efforts in removing intoxicated drivers from Indiana’s roadways. Hamed’s efforts removed 73 intoxicated drivers from Indiana’s roads. Hamed is a 3-year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He patrolled the Indiana Toll Road in Lake and Porter County before transferring to the Lowell Post.
Hamed was also presented with a Lifesaving Award for extraordinary life-saving actions that were taken on December 8, 2018.