Travis Thomas and Jonathon Halloran were sworn in this week as Crown Point's two newest police officers. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 10, 2013 1:11PM
CROWN POINT — At the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Aug. 28, Mayor Dave Uran administered the oath of office to two new Crown Point policemen.
The city welcomed Travis Thomas with badge number 94 and Jonathon Halloran with badge number 95. This now has the city with 43 sworn police officers.
Jason Burkholder, still at the police academy, will be badge number 96 and will bring the rank and file to 44 officers. He will be sworn in at a future meeting of either the City Council or Board of Works.
Police Chief Pete Land said, “In the early part of March we started the search process.” Since they had already used up the previous hiring list the department took in applications, and then started the testing process.
When they list was compiled by an outside testing agency the city adopted it as their new hiring list. These men are the top of the list.
Land said, “Travis and Jonathan are the best of the best.”
Uran said, “We have a very competitive hiring list. There are about 28,000 people that live in Crown Point – we welcome you.”
Thomas is 29 years old and a graduate of Kankakee Valley High School. He has an associate’s degree from Purdue University. Thomas was a military policeman in the U.S. Army. He had two deployments overseas, one in Kuwait and one in Iraq.
While in Iraq he was assigned to assist in the training of the Iraqi police forces. Among his commendations upon discharge from the Army he received recognition with a Humanitarian Service Medal for is aid in post-Hurricane Katrina efforts.
He has served in the Indiana Army National Guard, giving him a combined nine years of military police experience. He comes to this city from the Hebron Police Department.
He and his wife Julie and their brand new baby girl live in Hebron. Julie was getting help with bringing the 7-day-old baby to the swearing in ceremony by her mother. Julie said, “I’m excited to be here.”
Officer Jonathon Halloran is 26 years old and graduated from Hobart High School. He served five years in active service in the Marine Corps. During that time he was deployed to two different areas of Afghanistan.
While in Helmand Province, he was the supervisor of his unit at a forward observation post. He had also been assigned to Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan at the camp’s entry control point.
In 2011 he received his Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps. Among his commendations upon discharge was recognition for completion of the special Marine Corps Infantry Squad Leaders Course, and a Rifle Expert Badge.
When he got home he went to work as a correctional officer at Westville. He was selected to serve as his academy’s class squad leader.
Both men are 2011 graduates of the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and both officers will start working for the city by taking the department’s Field Training Officers Program.
After that is completed they will both be assigned to the Patrol Division.