DPS Command College Graduates New Class of Leaders

AUSTIN, November 17, 2016 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today celebrated the graduation of 26 professionals (25 from DPS and one from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) from the DPS Command College. The senior-level leadership training course spans four months and was created to advance the science of law enforcement and support leadership development within the agency. This is the fourth class to graduate from the DPS Command College, which launched in 2015.

"Strong, inspirational leaders motivate others to greatness, and we are proud of our Command College graduates, who have spent the past four months honing and advancing their leadership skills in order to better serve the people of Texas," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "DPS is devoted to empowering the men and women at the department and encouraging professional growth at every level, and we thank you for your commitment to completing this rigorous program."

"Congratulations, today marks your completion of this challenging program, and I commend each of you for this remarkable achievement. This is a true testament to your dedication to becoming champions of leadership within your agency and encouraging those values in others," said Cathi Hight, senior vice president of Growth Strategy & Investor Relations for the Greater Austin Chamber and keynote speaker at the ceremony.

The intensive DPS Command College curriculum covers principles of leadership, ethics, communication, fitness and wellness. Graduates of the course completed more than 600 hours of coursework and instruction on a variety of topics, including organizational management; effective communications and conflict resolution; and executive-level strategic planning. Command College students earn either nine college undergraduate or graduate course hours upon completion of the course.

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