Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana State Police:
Fort Wayne, IN – The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotions of three Troopers from the Fort Wayne area that took effect this past Sunday, August 18th.
• Sergeant R. Corey Culler, North Emergency Response Team Leader, has been promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and will serve as the Special Operations Command SWAT Assistant Commander. He will be the direct supervisor for the North, Central and South team leaders, oversee the day-to-day operations and be instrumental in the overall training activities of those teams.
First Sergeant Culler is a 1988 graduate of East Noble High School in Kendallville (Noble County). In 1994, he received his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW). Culler was accepted to the 52nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was appointed as a Trooper assigned to the Toll Road Post on June 4, 1995. Within the following year, Culler had transferred to the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne and was assigned patrol duties in both LaGrange and Noble Counties.
Since September of 1996, Culler has been a member of the Emergency Response Team, commonly referred to as "SWAT", and has been the North Team's leader since October of 2007. He also serves as a Department firearms instructor and was at one time, the Fort Wayne District's Domestic Cannabis Eradication Coordinator. Culler, his wife Sarah and daughter Giada are residents of rural Kendallville.
• Senior Trooper Matthew B. Teusch has been promoted to the rank of Detective and transferred to the Criminal Investigation Command where he will assume investigative duties in both Huntington and Whitley Counties.
Teusch, a 1990 graduate of Huntington North High School, attended both Indiana State University and Vincennes University where, in 1992, he earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He was employed as a Sergeant for the Indiana Department of Corrections at the former Northeast Juvenile Correctional Facility in Allen County for five years before being accepted to the 62nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.
On December 27, 2001, Teusch was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Fort Wayne Post where he was assigned patrol duties in both Adams and Wells Counties. Following the closing of the Redkey Post in November of 2010, he assumed patrol duties in both Blackford and Jay Counties in addition to his original assignment.
Teusch has served the Department as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, as a Field Training Officer, as a member of both State and District Interdiction Teams and as a member of the OWI "Wolfpack" at the Fort Wayne Post. He has been recognized by the Drug and Alcohol Consortium of Allen County for his OWI enforcement efforts and was twice honored as the Wells County Officer of the Year. Teusch and his wife April have four children: Kaitlyn (19), Rebecca (17), Levi (13) and Luke (8) and are residents of Huntington County.
• Trooper Clint Hetrick has been promoted to the rank of Detective and transferred to the Criminal Investigation Command where he will assume investigative duties in Allen and DeKalb Counties.
Hetrick is a 2002 graduate of Woodlan High School (Allen County) and a 2006 graduate of Tri-State University with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. He worked in the Allen County Jail before being accepted to the 67th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. On July 8, 2007, he was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post.
In 2010, Hetrick transferred to the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post where he was assigned to patrol duties in Allen County. He has served as a Field Training Officer and in 2011 he was recognized as "Top 5" for the Indiana State Police in OWI enforcement and was awarded the Fort Wayne Post's "Trooper of the District" in that same year. Hetrick and his wife have one child and are residents of Allen County.