AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw and Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon today were joined by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as the department commissioned 108 men and women as Highway Patrol troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony. Sen. Van de Putte was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held at the LBJ Presidential Library.
“Protecting Texas from crime and terrorism is of the utmost importance, and I am proud of these men and women who have pledged to do just that,” said Texas State Sen. Van de Putte. “This group has endured months-long, rigorous training in order to serve one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the nation. I am proud of each of them and am confident Texas will be safer because of their extensive training and selfless commitment.”
The new troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in on-the-job training.
“My thanks go out to all the recruits for your perseverance and hard work during the past six months of intense training,” said Chair Leon. “Because of that dedication, you have earned the right to wear the DPS badge – an emblem of trust and strength that signifies your commitment to protecting the communities you serve.”
The troopers began the 24-week training academy in January. Instruction covered more than 100 subjects, including counterterrorism, traffic and criminal law, arrest and control procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. They also received training in use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness.
“Today you take on the inherent risks and responsibilities associated with protecting and serving Texas,” said Director McCraw. “Crime is constantly evolving, with Texas now facing criminal enterprises that are organized, transnational and hidden, and your expertise as a Highway Patrol Trooper will be critical in the fight against these criminal forces.”
Individuals interested in joining the Texas Highway Patrol and becoming a state trooper can visit the DPS website, www.joindps.com, for more information.