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DPS graduates 109 men and women during event


Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon, and the entire Public Safety Commission on Friday, Dec. 19, were joined by Lieutenant Governor-Elect Dan Patrick as the department commissioned 109 men and women as Highway Patrol Troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony. Lieutenant Governor- Elect Patrick was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held in Austin. "Texas is grateful for these men and women who have answered the call of duty, making the selfless commitment to protect and serve this great state," said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Patrick. "They say the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. Texans sleep better under those stars because of the men and women who wear the Texas Tan of the DPS." The new troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in on-thejob training. "Each of these dedicated recruits has earned the privilege to now be called a Texas State Trooper – a truly incredible achievement. You are among the select few who have what it takes to carry on the esteemed tradition of this department," said Chair Leon. "I commend your selfless commitment to duty and thank you for your service to the great state of Texas." The troopers began the 23- week training academy in July. 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. The department encourages individuals interested in joining the Texas Highway Patrol and becoming a state trooper to visit the DPS website, www. joindps.com, for more information.


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