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New Troopers Hit Texas Highways - New Release from the Texas DPS

July 14, 2002

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New Troopers Hit Texas Highways - New Release from the Texas DPS

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An additional 101 troopers will soon be reporting for duty across the state following their graduation today from the Texas Department of Public Safety's 121st Training Academy in Austin.

"Because of men and women like those here today, Texas is a great place to call home," said State Rep. Bob Turner, D-Voss, who addressed the graduating class at Toney Burger Center in Austin. "Their selfless desire to serve Texas communities helps to ensure our citizens' safety as well as their way of life."

In about two weeks, the troopers will move to approximately 90 different duty stations across the state-from Brownsville to Dalhart and Laredo to Houston. Most are assigned to the Highway Patrol Service, while others will work as License & Weight, Driver License or Capitol troopers. After a one-year probationary period, they will earn $35,000 annually.

"Every new recruit that graduates is one more soldier for the citizens of Texas in the war on crime in the Lone Star State," said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of the DPS. "They will join their fellow troopers in the field and form the first line of defense against drunk drivers, drug dealers, wanted criminals and terrorists. We're confident they will make the citizens of Texas proud."

The troopers began the six-month training academy January 7. Instruction covered more than 100 subjects, including traffic and criminal law, arrest procedures, accident reconstruction and first aid. They also received extensive firearms, driving, self-defense and physical fitness training.

DPS continues its year-round recruiting drive to fill vacant trooper positions. Interested candidates should contact the nearest DPS office, visit the DPS Web site, www.txdps.state.tx.us, or call 1-866-TXTROOP.

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