Captain David S. Kirkham has announced his retirement from the Indiana State Police following a career which spanned 25 and a half years, and he has been appointed as the new Deputy Director of the Indiana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
Kirkham, was appointed as a Trooper in December of 1993 as a graduate of the 50th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.  He was assigned to the Lowell District where he patrolled La Porte and Porter Counties, as well as served as a Field Training Officer and member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon. He served as a Gaming Investigator, District Detective, Investigative Squad Sergeant, and as a Lieutenant – Area Investigative Commander.  In his most recent position as Area I Commander, Kirkham oversaw the enforcement and field investigation operations at the Lowell, Lafayette and Peru Posts. He was a member of the Indiana State Police Pension Advisory Board, an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy certified instructor, former Indiana State Police Youth Camp Director, and a past President of the Indiana State Police Alliance.  Kirkham is also a 2007 graduate of the 231st session of the FBI National Academy. Kirkham resides in La Porte County with his wife and three children.