The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) commissioned new Texas Highway Patrol troopers during a graduation ceremony on August 26.
The ceremony, which was held at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin and had Gov. Greg Abbott as its keynote speaker, saw 45 members of recruit class A-2022 commissioned as state troopers.
Class A-2022 is DPS’s 169th class of recruits, consisting of troopers aged 21 to 54 years old.
The recruits went through a 28-week training academy before graduation, which tested their mental and physical capabilities, according to the DPS.
“Each member of A-2022 has trained extremely hard and pushed themselves to the limits to get here today,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The department is proud to welcome them to the DPS family and I know they will go on to do great things in service of our great state.”
Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) Chairman Steven P. Mach echoed McCraw’s recognition of the recruit’s hard work while noting their commitment to protect and serve the people of Texas.
“We honor the hard work each of you have put in to get to this moment, and we celebrate alongside your friends and family members,” said Mach. “You have made a commitment to protect and serve the people of this great state. You are the first line of defense, and we thank you for your willingness to join the Texas Highway Patrol.”
Of the 45 recruits, 17 were military veterans, while another 13 had prior law enforcement experience. The DPS also noted that 11 graduates are from other states, and 13 speak more than one language.
During the 28-week training, one trooper trainee welcomed a child to their family while another trainee got married, stated DPS.