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State police master trooper retires after 30 years on the force

Shana Kennedy has worked as driving instructor
Master Trooper Shana Kennedy
Posted at 12:12 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 13:04:22-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Police trooper with more than 30 years on the force is retiring.

Friday is the last day on the job for Master Trooper Shana Kennedy, who has spent decades working the roads in Central Indiana.

She’s also trained hundreds of people as a driving instructor, and has helped WRTV with countless ride-along interviews on topics like driving in snow, texting and driving, following too closely, and failing to move over.

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Kennedy said a lack of accountability is what annoys her the most about Indiana drivers.

"When you ask people at a crash what happened, the response you get is ‘I don't know,’ and then deny they were on their phone,” Kennedy said. “I just think the accountability and we are all in a hurry to get to places and I don't know where we are all going. That's the thing that annoys me the most— just own it."

Kennedy said what she will miss the most about her job is her colleagues at Indiana State Police.

She plans to do a lot of traveling in her retirement.

Her favorite moment is when she worked the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis and was tasked with escorting public officials.

“I literally got paid to stand in the stadium and watch the game and had limited access,” Kennedy said. “I kept looking at my soon to be sergeant and I said ‘Can you believe we are getting paid to be at the Super Bowl?’ That’s gotta be one of the biggest highlights.”