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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Owen County Resident Promoted to Sergeant

BLOOMINGTON - (February 22, 2022) The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotion of Trooper Ian Portteus to the rank of Sergeant.

Sgt. Ian Portteus

Sergeant Portteus will serve as a supervisor for the Bloomington District.

Trooper Portteus is an Owen County native where he graduated from Owen Valley High School in 2007.

He was then accepted to the 72nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy where he graduated in December of 2012.

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Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Putnamville District where he worked primarily Clay, Putnam, and Vigo Counties.

Portteus has been a K-9 Handler since 2015 with his partner Czar, an 8-year-old German Shepherd.


He has also served as a certified DRE Officer (Drug Recognition Expert), FTO (Field Training Officer), TIP Team Member (Tactical Intervention Platoon), and ARIDE Instructor (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement). In 2021, Sergeant Portteus transferred to the Bloomington Post where he has been assigned to the District ACES (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) until his promotion.

In his new role, Sergeant Portteus will mentor and supervise a squad of Troopers in the Bloomington District. Lt. Paul Bucher, District Commander stated, "We are excited to announce the promotion of Sgt. Portteus, his experience and knowledge will be an asset in his new role and will represent the values of Indiana State Police."

Sergeant Portteus and his wife, who teaches at Owen Valley High School, have two children and reside in Spencer. His father, the late Michael Portteus served as Indiana Conservation Officer where he held the rank of Major.

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