In the early 1900s, motor vehicles were growing in number. However, no license was required to drive them, and they weren't equipped with safety belts, horns, lights or brakes. The Indiana General Assembly created the Indiana Motor Vehicle Police in 1921 to help aid in governing the roadways and dealing with frequent automobile accidents. These initial 16 officers only had authority to enforce motor vehicle laws.
As a response to growing crime during gangster activity, prohibition and the Great Depression, the state established three bureaus in 1927 to handle vehicle crashes, criminal investigations and fingerprint identification. The Indiana State Police Bureau was officially created in 1933, consolidating the existing law enforcement bureaus and giving broader power to one agency.
Divisions of Indiana Police
The Indiana State Police Headquarters includes the following divisions: Intelligence and Investigations, Operations, Logistics, Communications and Information Systems, Human Resources and Administration, Fiscal, Chief Public Information Officer, Department Protocol Officer and Executive Protection Section.
The Intelligence and Investigations Division provides laboratory services, internal investigation support, cybercrime investigations and criminal intelligence to the police. Operations focuses on training of officers and determining current and future needs for education, weapons and supplies for the force.
Logistics maintains a record of all property owned by the department, as well as management of aircraft and vehicle maintenance and repair. Communications and Information Systems administers and maintains all technical equipment and electronic information, as well as communication among the departments.
The Chief Public Information Officer is in charge of providing information to the media about ongoing investigations and wanted persons. The Executive Protection Section is charged with protection of the governor and all other state officials working in the capitol building in the executive branch.
Requesting Indiana Police Records
A limited criminal history check is available through the Indiana State Police Department, using a name, date of birth, race and gender. Sometimes a Social Security Number is needed. The results of this type of check will give felony and misdemeanor arrest information within Indiana only.