Law enforcement officers have the opportunity and privilege to change people’s lives, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is looking for applicants to join their elite group of law enforcement professionals.
DPS Sergeant Nathan Brandley says the Texas Department of Public Safety is now accepting 2020 online applications for new state troopers.
“It is important to get them in now because of the lengthy time process that it takes to go through the process of being selected to the DPS Academy,” said Brandley.
Texas requires law enforcement officers to pass a physical test, but individual agencies can set their own standards. To join the DPS, applicants have to be at least 21 years old, have two years of military experience or 60 credit hours in college.
“You will start off as a trooper trainee at $55,481. Once you have graduated and received your commission, you are then a probationary trooper for another 6 more months, and your pay goes up to a little over $60,000, and once you complete probation, and you come off that and you are a trooper 1, and your pay jumps up to $73,000,” said Brandley.
DPS State Troopers will be cross-trained to handle all emergency calls.
“We are trained in many facets of the job, from crash construction, investigation on crashes, stopping people and interdiction for not only narcotics and currency, but also for children and adults that are being human trafficked or sex trafficking as well,” said Brandley.
Brandley says the opportunities are endless: jobs on the highway, in the air, in dispatch, and as supervisors.
The hiring process to become a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety can take up to 12 months and once you are in the DPS there are 15 different division you can be a part of.
For more information visit: http://www.dps.texas.gov/trainingacademy/recruiting/index.htm
Individuals can also contact a regional DPS recruiter by calling 1-866-898-7667. After submitting an online application, applicants will be notified by email if they are selected to continue to the testing phase.