The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw was joined by Texas State Representative Mark Keough as the department commissioned 48 men and women as the state’s newest Highway Patrol Troopers. This 11-week advanced recruit school was specifically designed for current and eligible law enforcement officers to train to become troopers. This school provided officers an accelerated path to becoming a Trooper, versus the standard course that spans more than 20 weeks. The C-2017 class includes four women and six military veterans, and the graduates represented 39 different law enforcement agencies. The troopers began the 11-week training academy in May. Instruction included counter terrorism, traffic, and criminal law, arrest and control procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid and Spanish. They also received training in the use of force, communication skills, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, cultural diversity and physical fitness. 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.