Troops to protect against Mexican drug cartels and transnational gangs
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw and Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon today were joined by Gov. Rick Perry as the department commissioned 74 men and women as Highway Patrol troopers during the recruit school graduation ceremony. Gov. Perry was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held at the Texas State Capitol.
“You entered this room as recruits, but will walk out bearing a title rich with honor, history and prestige,” said Gov. Perry. “Today, you become State Troopers, earning the respect and admiration of your families, your peers and your governor. I salute and commend you for your willingness to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of our nation and our state.”
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.
“I want to thank all the recruits for the dedication and hard work you’ve put in over the past six months,” said Chair Leon. “Because of that, today you become a Texas State Trooper - a position of prestige and authority; a beacon of strength and protection; and a trusted member of the communities you serve.”
The troopers began the 21-week training academy in July of 2012. 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.
“Your expertise is of great value to the department and to our state, especially as Texas deals with Mexican drug cartels, transnational gangs and other criminal threats,” said Director McCraw. “You have an incredible opportunity and responsibility before you, and I urge you to hold fast to your values, conduct yourself with integrity and take pride in the work you do every day.”
Individuals interested in joining the Texas Highway Patrol and becoming a state trooper can call the toll-free line, 1-866-TXTROOP (898-7667), or visit the DPS website, www.joindps.com, for more information.