If You’re Already A Cop, the DPS Wants You

The Texas Department of Public Safety is putting out the call for law enforcement officers who want to make the leap from being local cops and deputies to DPS troopers. For the first time in its 75-year history, the DPS is dramatically shortening the time it takes for current officers to earn a trooper’s badge, as it tries to fill hundreds of vacancies. David Pitman has more.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has 400 open positions among its troopers.  The Department’s Tela Mange there are a lot of local officers out there who would like to become troopers, but they simply can’t be away from their families for the typical six month training period.

“One of the things that we thought we would be able to do is to invite people who have their police certification. They would be able to come to an advanced school here in Austin for eight weeks.  That would be enough time for them to learn how to do things the DPS way.”

Mange says another key advantage of this recruitment drive is that applicants will have a chance to select where in Texas they want to work as a trooper.

“Under this advanced program, folks who apply and are accepted know where they will be stationed before they even start the course.”

The advanced DPS course is open to law enforcement officers in Texas and from out-of-state.  The DPS will provide accommodations during the training period, and pay the trainees a salary of just under $3,000 a month.  That rises to almost $4,000 a month after a year on the job.  Applicants will have to pass essentially the same physical and background checks that they’ve probably already gone through.  They also have to be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen.  The application process runs through the end of March.


David Pitman

David Pitman

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