DPS graduates large class of troopers


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 11:41 AM

AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Public Safety is celebrating its largest class of new troopers in five years.

The troopers graduated Wednesday afternoon at the Lady Bird Johnson auditorium. The 108 men and women will report to their posts in the next few weeks. Of those graduating in this class, nine are women.

To get to graduation day, recruits spent 24 weeks in training. The training covers more than 100 subjects -- everything from counter-terrorism, to firearms, to accident reconstruction.

Recruits spent time in the classroom and in the field. That's where they endure a strict regimen to get in top physical shape.

Trooper Brenda Cavazos says she is excited to get out in the field and is proud of her class.

"We live through the same thing. We live together. We all know what's its like. We all sacrificed the same things, the formation and forming us into what we are now," Cavazos said.

Trooper Cavazos is headed to Marfa, Texas for her assignment.

Once the new troopers are settled in their spots across the state, they will spend six months in on-the-job training.


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