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  • #16
    raise

    There is a raise in the works now. We should know by the end of the day. A trooper one should be making about 45,000 a year plus STEP (overtime). I'm not sure what they pay recruits right now. It graduates a lot during the first year. Our hiring process has been streamlined to 45 days. From the moment your application is received, you will have a decision for hire in 45 days. Thats a pretty good improvement in my opinion.

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    • #17
      Chesty,

      I've seen varying answers to this question.

      Do Texas DPS Troopers receive take-home patrol cars?

      I've heard it depends on your duty station/availability etc. Can you clarify?

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      • #18
        Every trooper I work around has a take home unit.

        While I have no desire to be a trooper I have the utmost respect for them and they help my dept out a lot with major accidents/fatalities.
        Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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        • #19
          at what point during the academy do the recruits get assigned their duty location after they graduate? Is it common for many recruits to resign when they are issued a duty location they/or spouse arent happy with? Thanks

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          • #20
            NOLAPIG, if I recall correctly...(*cringe* it's been a bit) I think my recruiter said that two weeks out from graduation all the open slots in TX freeze and the recruits are placed in the open spots.

            Question! I have my conditional job offer stint in two weeks, and I was just curious...is the mile and a half run the only pass/fail event? Everything else is just cumulative? I'm a little more than slightly confused on this...so any help would be greatly appreciated.
            **Courtesy--Service--Protection**

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            • #21
              Lots of Questions

              Question #1 Yes & No, we get take home cars. Most of the time, yes. A lot of factors are involved. There is usually slightly less cars in a station than Troopers. Some Troopers are partnered up with a car, but they don't always work the same shifts, so they alternate the use of their car. Sometimes you just flat have your own car. It all depends on where you go, and what the situation is there. You will always check on duty from your drive way. We don't have briefings or anything like that. The car will be out in front of your house a lot.

              Question #2 Recruit assignments are made near the end of the academy. The other guy sumed it up pretty good. They freeze transfers towards the end of your academy and make assignments.

              Question #3 I don't have a clue about the physical assessment. I was told recently that you didn't have to pass any of it at first, but you had to have passed it by time you graduated. Of course that's from the rumor mill, not official. That's changed a lot over the years, so its hard to keep up with.

              I hope this sums things up guys/girls. I don't check this forum everyday, so forgive me if my responses aren't instant. Good luck.

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              • #22
                Well I (finally) got back from my CJO last night (delayed for over 5 hours in Atlanta, didn't get in til 330am this morning...but I'm thankful for just being able to get out I guess) and here's what I found out:

                You have to pass all 7 of the physical requirements. If you don't, you have the option to come back and retest the portions you failed

                It's 3 weeks out from graduation from the academy when you find out where you're going. And they don't seem to like "trading" places (i.e. I wanna be in San Antonio but got Dallas and you wanted to be in Dallas and got San Antonio, they wouldn't like it if we switched).

                And psych questionaires suck.

                eta: There is a raise effective September 1st. Troopers now have to pass 80% standards to receive their raise but will have to reach 90% next year and 100% the year after. That's the reason for the near future retirement exodus from DPS, some older troopers don't want to be bothered for that (the raise is better for younger troopers, not so much for ones who have 20+ years in). Recruits will earn approximately $2900/3000 a month during training (at least that's what it sounds like) and will make the equivalent per month of $45,000 a year after their probationary period.
                Last edited by mo0n; 06-29-2007, 11:33 AM. Reason: forgot something
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by mo0n View Post
                  eta: Recruits will earn approximately $2900/3000 a month during training (at least that's what it sounds like) and will make the equivalent per month of $45,000 a year after their probationary period.
                  Thats better than Houston PD. Recruits make $29k/yr during the Academy AND probation (1 yr total). After probation, they go to a outstanding $36k. No wonder they can hardly fill a class....

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                  • #24
                    I'll one up ya...come to my dept...we can pay less than all of you...but better!!
                    Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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