AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned 102 men and women as Highway Patrol troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony. Attorney General Greg Abbott was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held at Great Hills Baptist Church.
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,” Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon said. “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 counter-terrorism, 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 DPS Director Steven 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.”
— Texas Department of Public Safety press release