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Finney “2018 Trooper of the District” at Evansville is Senior Trooper Michael Finney


Through his hard work and dedication to public service, Senior Trooper Michael Finney has been selected as the “2018 Trooper of the District” for the Evansville District. Finney received his award earlier today at the Indiana State Police Spring Awards Ceremony held at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. This award is presented to the Trooper at each district who has achieved outstanding efforts in the area of traffic and criminal enforcement, case and crash investigation, public information programs and community service and who has exemplified the professionalism and integrity expected of an Indiana State Trooper.

Finney is a twelve-year veteran of the Indiana State Police and is currently the only K-9 handler at Evansville. During 2018, Finney conducted 38 criminal investigations, made 112 criminal arrests and conducted 669 traffic stops. Finney also works very closely with the Evansville District All Crimes Policing (A.C.P.) Unit, which aggressively focuses on criminal activity and apprehending suspects involved in illegal drug activity. Finney and his K-9, Boomer, also conducted 32 free air sniffs, assisted other agencies 73 times, secured the perimeter on 28 details and made 10 apprehensions on 11 suspect searches. Finney and Boomer also assisted with 110 warrant services with fellow troopers and various other local, state and federal agencies.

Lieutenant Brian Bailey, Commander of the Evansville District, said “Senior Trooper Michael Finney and his K-9, Boomer, are a valuable asset to our community and to the Indiana State Police.”

Finney was also credited with helping save the life of an Evansville woman in 2018. Finney was off-duty and observed a woman lying on the ground near her doctor’s office, which is close to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Finney approached the woman and found her to be unresponsive. Her doctor and Finney performed CPR until EMS arrived. She was treated and taken to Deaconess Hospital. A few days after the incident, she posted a nice message on Facebook thanking Senior Trooper Finney and crediting him with saving her life.