New Albany native to lead Indianapolis investigative unit

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter has announced the promotion of Trooper Joshua Graves to the rank of Sergeant to serve as an investigative supervisor for Field Investigations at the Indianapolis Post.Sergeant Graves is a native of New Albany Indiana and a 2002 graduate of New Albany High School. Upon graduation from high school, Graves furthered his education with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness from Purdue University. After graduating college, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach, then as a middle school teacher. In the fall of 2011 he was selected to attend the 71st  Indiana State Police recruit academy, which he successfully completed in March of 2012. Graves’ first assignment was the SellersburgDistrict where he patrolled Floyd and Clark County until April of 2013, when he transferred to the Indianapolis District. In 2016 Graves was promoted to Detective to serve as an investigator for the Indianapolis District.During his career with the Indiana State Police, Graves has been a field training officer, a Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor and has attended the Reid School for Interrogation. He is also a certified instructor in Control Tactics.Sergeant Graves’ new leadership role will include the supervision of the Indianapolis District Detectives, reviewing case reports submitted by troopers and assisting other agencies with investigations.Detective Graves currently resides in Hamilton County with his wife, and two children.last_img read more

Kielan Whitner’s transition from defensive back to linebacker gives Syracuse a more balanced defense

first_img Published on August 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Kielan Whitner may have been the starting strong safety last season, but the Syracuse coaching staff feels like the secondary is a lot deeper this year.This season, Whitner must compete against multiple players to try and see the field in the secondary, but the coaches still wanted him to be on the field. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brian Ward approached him after spring ball and suggested a switch to outside linebacker. Whitner’s versatility should help bolster and make the Syracuse’s defense more dynamic this season.“There’s certain guys that we want to get in the game because they can help us win,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “And if he’s one of those guys, then we’ll get him in the game. … I think it was a good move for him, and I think he’ll contribute in 2017.”The starting linebackers have been fairly consistent for SU. Parris Bennett and Zaire Franklin, who started every game and Jonathan Thomas — who started nine of 12 games last year — will start again this season. Bennett and Franklin finished in the Top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles per game a year ago.Whitner played both strong safety and free safety in his two years at SU, including starts at each position last season. As of now, Whitner is pegged as backup strong-side linebacker, behind Thomas. And although he is technically playing a new position, he said he already feels comfortable there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At strong safety, they had me roll down to the box,” Whitner said. “It’s very similar to playing outside linebacker.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorWhile Whitner was a defensive back in high school, he said he had a little bit of experience playing outside linebacker. His task was usually to guard the opposing team’s best receiver. If that player happened to be a slot receiver, then Whitner would drop down and match up.The skillset Whitner brings could also help with disguising the defense. Last season, on nearly every third down, there was a nickel package in which Whitner would come in, he said. Now, with him at linebacker, SU could conceivably keep him on the field for third downs. This would make it tough for defenses to tell whether Whitner would be acting as a nickel defensive back or whether he would just be playing his standard outside linebacker role.While Franklin knows that changing positions can be a challenge, he echoed Whitner in saying that switch should not being too difficult and praised his improvement. Franklin is in charge of communicating with the rest of the defense on the field, telling players where to move or how to disguise a certain look. He said Whitner consistently asks questions if he’s unsure about a certain play or look, which has made the transition run smoothly.“He’s one of those guys who prides himself on knowing everything,” Franklin said. “He already had a kind of decent knowledge of the SAM anyway. I think he’s made a really good transition.“He’s going to be a baller.” Commentslast_img read more