INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Two Indiana State Police troopers helped a pair of young men attend the State Police Summer Camp and put them on a path to achieve their law enforcement goals.
Earlier this year, Indiana State Police Trooper Josh Graves responded to a traffic stop on I-70 near Post Road. As other troopers investigated, Graves spoke with a boy who was the passenger in the car.
Graves found the boy’s name was Tre’von and he was 12 years old. They chatted for about 15 minutes, sharing stories, aspirations and common interests.
“He just seemed like a great kid,” Graves said.
Tre’von told him about the As and Bs he was getting in school, and how he liked reading Harry Potter books. When Tre’von told him about his future plans to be a police officer, Graves let him check out his police car and showed him how everything worked.
“He’s just an awesome, smart kid,” said Graves. “I asked him where he went to school and asked if it would be OK if I came to visit.”
Of course, an excited Tre’von accepted.
Trooper Graves contacted administrators at Avondale Meadows Academy and planned a visit. Graves heard from the principal how Tre’von had recently arrived from another school and quickly became a classroom leader and model student.
During the school visit, Graves gave Tre’von a couple of books to read, each with a hand-written note inside along with a phone number to reach him if needed.
Not long after that, Tre’von’s mother reached out to him and said the aspiring officer was looking for something to do over the summer. Trooper Graves immediately suggested the Indiana State Police Summer Camp, which he attended himself as a child.
Trooper Graves, along with his fellow troopers, were generous enough to cover Tre’von’s fee for attending the camp
Wednesday, Graves picked Tre’von up in his police car and drove him to the camp at Anderson University. During the drive to the camp, Tre’von shared his anxieties about the camp. Graves calmed his fears and told him how much fun he would have.
In an unrelated incident, Indiana State Police First Sergeant Rich Myers met a young man named Wesley from Morgan County nearly four years ago during a traffic stop.
Wesley, now 14 years old, and his sister were passengers in a car that was stopped by police. Myers spent time with both children during the investigation, which began a great friendship between him and the children.
Wesley told Myers about his goal to one day become a police K9 officer. Myers kept in touch with him, often inviting him along for public police programs and events.
Wesley ended up moving away from the area, but kept in touch with Myers, who eventually encouraged Wesley to attend an Indiana State Police Camp, which happened to be the same camp Tre’von is attending.
Myers was able to stop by the camp Thursday and spend time with Wesley.
“I’m sure with his positive outlook and engaging personality, he will have no trouble obtaining his law enforcement goals. I’m very proud to call Wesley my friend,” said First Sergeant Rich Myers.
The Indiana State Police offers yearly summer camps for children from fifth grade through High School. For more information, click here.