Thirty-seven new Troopers joined the ranks of the Texas Highway Patrol this morning during a ceremony at the LBJ Library Auditorium.
State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples delivered the commencement address.
“These outstanding men and women represent the future of the Department of Public Safety and our lasting commitment to protect the citizens of Texas,” Staples said. “This year’s graduates represent the continuation of a proud tradition that has rightfully established Texas as a worldwide leader in the training of quality law enforcement officers. I am honored to welcome such a hard working and talented group of troopers into the department.”
The troopers began the 18-week training academy in August. 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 that they are joining the best law enforcement agency in the nation, and he urged them to take pride in their service to the state of Texas. “I expect you to conduct yourself with the utmost integrity,” 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.