Texas DPS graduates 44 new Troopers
Forty-four new Troopers joined the ranks of the Texas Highway Patrol this morning during a ceremony at the LBJ Library Auditorium in Austin.
State Rep. Sid Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, gave the keynote address.
“My most sincere admiration and respect go out to this class of graduates. I would like to congratulate every one of them on a job well done. In order to graduate this rigorous program the candidates must have completed training and be well versed in the many aspects of the law necessary for proper law-enforcement. It is truly an honor to have these men and women working for the safety of all Texas citizens,” Miller said.
The troopers began the 18-week training academy in November. Instruction covered more than 100 subjects, including counter-terrorism, traffic and criminal law, arrest and control procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. They also received extensive use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness training.
Steven C. McCraw, director of the DPS, told the graduates to take pride in their service to the state of Texas. “You are part of the finest law enforcement agency in the country. It will be up to each of you to make sure you maintain those high standards. The citizens of Texas and your families are counting on you, and will expect no less,” he said.
In about three weeks, the troopers will move to their new duty stations. They will spend the first six months in on-the-job training with a senior trooper.
Anyone interested in becoming a state trooper can call the toll-free line, 1-866-TXTROOP (898-7667), or visit the DPS Web site, www.joindps.com, for more information.