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8/3/07

Texas DPS Graduates New Troopers

The DPS Training Academy graduated 119 new troopers during an Austin ceremony Friday. They will soon report to duty stations across the state.

State Representative Warren Chisum of Pampa, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, delivered the keynote address.

"I was proud to be asked to join these troopers on their graduation day. DPS Troopers choose to do the right thing, even when the right thing is hard to do. I know most of the troopers in my district and they always exemplify the DPS motto of Courtesy, Service and Protection," Rep. Chisum said.

The troopers began the six-month training academy in January. 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 extensive use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness training.

"These men and women will join the Department's proud tradition of outstanding law enforcement. They will be the face of integrity to our citizens," said DPS Director Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr.  "They are willingly placing themselves in great danger so that all of us may enjoy safer lives here in Texas."

In about three weeks, the troopers will move to their new duty stations. They will spend the first six months in on-the-job training with a senior trooper.

Anyone interested in becoming a state trooper can call the toll-free line, 1-866-TXTROOP (898-7667), or (click here).

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