As part of its new recruitment effort, DPS is rolling out the first of seven graphically-enhanced vehicles that will be used by DPS recruiters as they travel across the state.
"These vehicles will be rolling billboards for DPS, featuring photos of helicopters, the Dive Team, SWAT, K-9, Highway Patrol and Texas Rangers-just some of the many opportunities available to anyone who chooses an exciting career with DPS," said David Baker, who oversees the Texas Highway Patrol.
Once the current recruit class graduates in October, DPS will have 244 commissioned vacancies, and the Legislature authorized 80 new commissioned positions. The next recruit class starts in September.
"DPS will be more aggressive and creative in recruiting in the coming months, but quality not quantity is our goal," said DPS Director Steve McCraw. "We want to thank the Texas Legislature for the additional positions and for authorizing a pay increase, which will help our recruiting efforts."
Trooper William Abel, a recruiter based in Corpus Christi, came up with the idea for the new Tahoes to assist in marketing the Department to perspective recruits.
Anyone interested in a DPS career can contact the toll-free recruiting hotline, 1-866-TX TROOP (1-866-898-7667), or visit the DPS Web site. They can also pick up an application packet from the nearest DPS office.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years of age and have completed 90 hours of college credit or an associate's degree. Law enforcement or military experience may be used toward fulfilling the college requirement.