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122 New Highway Patrol Troopers
AUSTIN – The
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today was joined
by members of the Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC), including PSC Chairman
Steven P. Mach, as the department commissioned 122 men and women as the state’s
newest Highway Patrol Troopers. Chairman Mach was the keynote speaker during
the recruit graduation ceremony, which was held today in Austin.
“It takes a special kind of person to be
willing to sacrifice their safety in order to protect others from danger,”
Chairman Mach said. “In joining DPS, you have declared to the world that you
intend to live a life of purpose serving and protecting the people of the great
State of Texas. We are extremely fortunate for your dedication to duty and are
proud of each and every one of you – our newest Texas State Troopers.”
The A-2017 class, which is the
department’s 159th training class, included 15 women, 12 former
peace officers and 48 military veterans. The oldest graduate is 49-years-old
and the youngest is 21-years-old. The class also included a Trooper whose
father, a Highway Patrol Sergeant, died in the line of duty in 2015. It was
also the first (known) time two sisters graduated in the same class.
“These 122 graduates will join their
fellow DPS Troopers as a first line of defense against a wide variety of
threats in the communities they serve,” said Director McCraw. “We are counting
on you to help make your communities safer, and to uphold the tradition and
standards of the Texas Highway Patrol.”
The new Troopers will report to duty
stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in
The Troopers began the 23-week training
academy in January of 2017. 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.
DPS is currently accepting applications
for recruit classes scheduled for 2018. The next application deadline is Oct.
1, 2017, for the class beginning July 8, 2018. Are you up to
the challenge? To apply or for more information about joining the legion of
brave and outstanding officers at the Texas Department of Public Safety, visit www.joindps.com.
In addition, DPS schedules recruiting
events throughout the year. To find an event in your region, visit http://dps.texas.gov/trainingacademy/recruiting/recruitingEvents.htm#.
Additional photos of the event are
posted at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr/2017/0616a.
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