Indiana State Police Trooper Tyson Waldron has been named 2019 Trooper of the Year. He has served for seven years and works out of the Fort Wayne Post. Waldron, who has been a K-9 handler with his partner Zeus since 2016, is also certified as a drug recognition expert. In 2019, he had 1515 traffic contacts, 31 operating while intoxicated arrests, 220 criminal arrests and 124 K-9 usage reports.
Waldron also serves as a soldier in the Indiana National Guard. His 18-year military career has included stateside and overseas deployments. He currently holds a position at the Regional Training Institute at Camp Atterbury, where he serves as a Company First Sergeant. First Sergeant Waldron’s overseas service has included deployments to Afghanistan in 2004 and Iraq in 2008. He is the graduate of numerous military schools, including: Army Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Sniper, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Senior Leadership Course and Mountain Warfare.