December 9, 2010 - Kody K. Eckert of Mason graduated today from the Texas Department of Public Safety's Training Academy.
During the school that started in August, the recruits learned about DPS procedures and policies. 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.
State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples delivered the commencement address.
"These outstanding men and women represent the future of the Department of Public Safety and our lasting commitment to protect the citizens of Texas," Staples said. "This year's graduates represent the continuation of a proud tradition that has rightfully established Texas as a worldwide leader in the training of quality law enforcement officers. I am honored to welcome such a hard working and talented group of troopers into the department."
In about three weeks, the brand new troopers will report to their duty stations, where they will spend the first six months in on-the-job training with a senior trooper.
Steven C. McCraw, director of the DPS, told the graduates that they are joining the best law enforcement agency in the nation, and he urged them to take pride in their service to the state of Texas. "I expect you to conduct yourselves with the utmost integrity," he said.
Anyone interested in becoming a state trooper can obtain additional information on the DPS website, www.joindps.com . Potential applicants can call a toll-free number, 1-866-TXTROOP (898-7667), that rings directly into the recruiting office at DPS Headquarters in Austin. DPS is an equal opportunity employer.
Trooper Eckert will be assigned to the Texas Highway Patrol in Brady.