The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw and Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon today were joined by Texas State Rep. Allen Fletcher as the department commissioned 107 men and women as Highway Patrol Troopers during the recruit graduation ceremony. Rep. Fletcher was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which was held today in Austin.

“These dedicated recruits have proven themselves, and each possesses the character and specialized skills necessary to be called a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper,” said State Rep. Allen Fletcher, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. “The people of Texas are proud of their accomplishments and perseverance, and we’re grateful for their selfless commitment to protecting and serving the Lone Star State. We wish them safety and success as they graduate today.”

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.

“Because of your dedication and unwavering grit, you are now a Texas State Trooper – and I congratulate you on this outstanding achievement,” said Chair Leon. “Thank you for your commitment to this honorable profession and for your selfless devotion to duty.”

The troopers began the 23-week training academy in January. 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.

“Today these men and women join an impressive force of front-line officers defending Texas against the numerous threats facing our state,” said Director McCraw. “As Highway Patrol Troopers, your skills and specialized training will be indispensable in helping keep Texas and our communities safe.”

Individuals interested in joining the Texas Highway Patrol and becoming a state trooper can visit the DPS website, www.joindps.com, for more information.