DPS commissions 92 new highway patrol troopers

The Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned 92 new highway patrol troopers Friday at a graduation ceremony in Austin after 26 weeks of training.

“Law enforcement officers have the opportunity and privilege to change people’s lives, and to serve as an inspiration and a positive influence to others — both on and off duty,” said PSC Chairman Steven P. Mach. “As you embark on your new career as a Trooper, you will no doubt make a difference in the lives of countless Texans as you protect and serve them.”

The B-2018 class is the 164th recruit school for the DPS and is a of a diverse background. The youngest graduate is 21 years old and the oldest is 51 years old. The class is comprised of 29 military veterans, 20 former law enforcement officers, and 11 women.

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 join an elite group of law enforcement professionals, and we are confident that you will uphold the traditions and values of both DPS and the Texas Highway Patrol,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It takes extreme courage to risk your own safety in order to protect the safety of others. We thank you all for answering the call to serve and protect your fellow Texans, and we are proud to be welcoming each of you to the DPS family.”

The troopers will spend the next six months in on-the-job training and will report to duty stations across Texas.

For information on joining the DPS, visit www.joindps.com.

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