AUSTIN, TX (DPS) — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw and Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon were joined Friday by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as the department commissioned 102 men and women as Highway Patrol troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony. Attorney General Abbott was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held at Great Hills Baptist Church.
“After persevering through months of intensive training, these recruits have demonstrated the character to meet – and master – the daily challenges that face a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper,” said Attorney General Abbott. “My thanks go out to all of these brave men and women for taking the oath to serve and protect their fellow Texans.”
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.
“Thank you to all the recruits here today for the hard work and dedication you’ve shown during the past six months – what you have accomplished is no small feat,” said Chair Leon. “I encourage you to take a moment and realize how far you’ve come, be proud of yourself and who you’ve become. You are among the select few who have what it takes to carry on the esteemed tradition of this department.”
The troopers began the 23-week training academy in July. 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 will take your place on the front lines, protecting Texas from a multitude of threats,” said Director McCraw. “As a Texas State Trooper, the dangers you now face are more varied than what many of your predecessors encountered, and the intense and specialized training you possess will be indispensable as you join the fight against the organized, transnational and covert criminal enterprises that threaten this state on a daily basis.”
Individuals interested in joining the Texas Highway Patrol and becoming a state trooper can visit the DPS website, www.joindps.com , for more information.