Rush County resident and former RPD officer Brandon Reynolds recently graduated with top scholastic honors in his class, from the Indiana State Excise School in Indianapolis.
Prior to becoming a state excise officer, Reynolds served the Rushville community as a police officer for eight years, during which time he became an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) certified instructor in defensive tactics and in standard field sobriety.
Also during his tenure with the RPD, the officer's duties included being the departments K9 handler with his partner Mundy.
When asked about his current capacity with the state excise branch, Reynolds was quick to say that he was proud to serve the community in which he calls home and that he is fortunate to still be serving the citizens of Rush County, just in a different capacity.
"I am thankful that I was able to work in my hometown for the past eight years. It was great to get to know the citizens while serving the community. I look forward to serving Rushville and Rush County in a different capacity for many years to come," Reynolds said.
State excise officers are a division of the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission. Excise officers enforce all state laws while focusing primarily on alcohol and tobacco related violations.
Extensive training for excise police consists of eight weeks of civil and criminal law training, alcohol and tobacco specific laws, physical training, defensive tactics and additional training in firearms.
Following graduation in August 2011, Reynolds was assigned to Indianapolis Excise District 6. His duties include remaining a part of Rush County Law Enforcement.
Two weeks after beginning his new duties, Reynolds received a commendation from his superiors for his service and response following the stage collapse the evening of August 13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Contact: Frank Denzler at 932-2222 x106