Five of 123 newest DPS trooper graduates will be stationed in Concho Valley

Five of the newest Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be stationed in the Concho Valley. The five are part of the class of 123 new graduates from the DPS training academy that graduated this week.

One of the new troopers will be stationed in San Angelo; three in the Ozona area; and one will be in Menard.

DPS Director Steven McCraw,  joined by Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon and members of the Public Safety Commission, gathered as the department commissioned the 123 men and women as the state’s newest highway patrol troopers. PSC Commissioner Randy Watson was the keynote speaker during the recruit graduation ceremony, which was held Friday in Austin.

“Becoming a DPS trooper requires an immense commitment and it is a job that will demand your utmost devotion – thank you for selflessly taking on that challenge and answering the call to duty,” said PSC Commissioner Watson. “From this day forward, you are building on a foundation that will shape and guide you throughout your entire career and I encourage you to always endeavor to achieve great things.”

The remainder of the new troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks. All graduates will spend the first six months in on-the-job training.

“As you start on your journey as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper, I want to welcome each of you to the DPS family,” said PSC Chair Leon. “Your accomplishments are truly an inspiration, and I encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the person you’ve become and the path that brought you here today. I have confidence that you will make us all proud.”

The troopers started the 23-week training academy in January where their instruction covered more than 100 subjects, including counterterrorism, traffic and criminal law, arrest and control procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. Additionally, they received training in use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness.

“During the past six months, these 123 men and women have risen to every challenge; and today, they join the front line protecting this state against the full gamut of public safety threats,” said Director McCraw. “Thank you for your courageous commitment to serving the people of Texas, and DPS is pleased to have you carry on the legacy of this premier law enforcement organization built on integrity, excellence, accountability and teamwork.”

A release from the agency said DPS is currently accepting applications for recruit classes scheduled for 2017. The next application deadline is July 13, for the class beginning Jan. 8, 2017. To apply or for more information about joining the Texas Department of Public Safety, go to joindps.com.

Additionally, DPS schedules recruiting events throughout the year. To find an event in your region, go to dps.texas.gov/trainingacademy/recruiting/recruitingEvents.htm#.