Trooper's 'retirement' not for relaxing

David Kirkham

LOWELL – A La Porte County resident who spent the last 25 years-plus working for the Indiana State Police is retiring, but it won't exactly be a relaxing retirement.

The ISP Lowell District announced this week that Capt. David S. Kirkham will retire as a state trooper, but has been appointed Deputy Director of the Indiana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Kirkham, a 1993 graduate of St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, was appointed a trooper on Dec. 20, 1993, after graduating from the 50th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

He spent much of the last 25 1/2 years assigned to the Lowell District, where he mainly patrolled La Porte and Porter counties. Kirkham also served as a Field Training Officer and member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon.

During his time with ISP, he also served as a Gaming Investigator, District Detective, Investigative Squad Sergeant, and Lieutenant/Area Investigative Commander. Kirkham's most recent assignment was as Area I Commander, where he oversaw enforcement and field investigation operations at the Lowell, Lafayette and Peru posts.

He was also a member of the ISP Pension Advisory Board, an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy-certified instructor, a former ISP Youth Camp Director, and president of the Indiana State Police Alliance.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Indiana for over 25 years," Kirkham said. "I look forward to continuing my public service with the Indiana HIDTA."

The HIDTA program, created by Congress under the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the country.

The purpose of the program is to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating cooperation and intelligence sharing, and by implementing coordinated enforcement activities among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, according to a statement from ISP.

There are currently 29 HIDTAs in the United States, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Indiana HIDTA counties include La Porte, Porter, Lake and Marion.

Kirkham, who was a 2007 graduate of the 231st session of the FBI National Academy, lives in La Porte County with his wife and three children.

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