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Texas, Arkansas establish concealed handgun reciprocity
Col. Dudley M. Thomas, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, signed a reciprocity agreement with the State of Arkansas through which licensees can legally cross that state line with their concealed handguns.
The agreement will allow licensed Texans to travel freely in our neighboring state of Arkansas while enjoying the same or similar privileges their licenses give them at home.
This reciprocity agreement - the first Texas has reached with another state - was made possible by 1997 changes to the state's concealed handgun law.
When the law first was passed in 1995, reciprocity would have been allowed only with states whose standards for receiving a license was at least as stringent as Texas'. Since Texas' law requires more extensive training and background checks than most others, no reciprocity agreements were negotiated.
However, the Texas Legislature revised the law in 1997, making reciprocity agreements possible as long as other states' laws meet the federal requirements for purchasing a handgun.
DPS is working with several other states -- especially our close neighbors -- to establish more reciprocity agreements, but Texans should remember that weapons laws vary from state to state.
Before traveling, license holders should educate themselves about laws in other states that govern where and when they can legally carry their concealed handguns.
Dear Fellow Employee:
On March 27, nearly 140 new recruits will graduate from the DPS Training Academy and begin new careers as troopers.
I'm sure all of us remember the excitement of our first day working for DPS, and for some of us that memory is considerably older than it is for others. Whether we started our jobs in patrol cars or in front of computer screens, we all knew that what we were doing would make a difference in the lives of citizens all across Texas.
This year will be a busy one for our Training Academy. This graduating class is one of the largest in our history, and additional schools are scheduled to begin in July and October. Many qualified candidates have applied for these schools, but with increased competition from police departments and other employers, we are seeing less interest in trooper positions. Female and minority applicants are in particularly high demand.
If you know a promising young person interested in criminal justice or someone with experience in the military or another law enforcement agency, encourage him or her to consider DPS. Perhaps the best way to recruit new employees is to show them by example how rewarding a career with the DPS can be.
Col. Dudley M. Thomas
Citizens who want information about charitable solicitations by law enforcement associations can hear a detailed recorded message on the subject by calling 512-424-5588. DPS established this information line in conjunction with a consumer campaign launched Feb. 10 to inform the public about such organizations. Driver License offices soon will receive informational cards on the topic, and brochures are available.
DPS Mutual board
The DPS Mutual Association elected seven board members at its annual meeting Jan. 28, after employees voted to increase the board's size to include representation from the Capitol Police District. All DPS employees ages 20 to 50 can join the association by paying a $10 membership fee. DPS Mutual is a life insurance fund that provides death benefits for beneficiaries of deceased members.
Board members are: President, Col. Dudley M. Thomas; Vice President, Lt. Col. Thomas A. Davis; Secretary, Chief Thomas P. Haas; Treasurer, Douglas W. Noren; board members, majors Danny Smith, L.A. Reinhart, Lamar Beckworth, Wendell Miller, Lee Smith, Artemio Garza and Randall K. Elliston; and audit committee members, Rick Kautz, Judy Sibert and Roger Leathers.
Retirees can join DPS Mutual
All DPS retirees now are eligible to rejoin the DPS Mutual Association, says DPS Chief of Finance Tom Haas. The association membership voted Jan. 28 to allow retirees to rejoin the association--which provides a $5,000 death benefit for retirees -- if they pay a $10 fee and all of the assessments made by the association since the date of their retirement. The change became effective Jan. 30, and it applies to those who retired from the agency before Jan. 24, 1990. Contact Lorna Sandlin at 512-424-2061 for details.
Applications are being accepted for the position of Texas Ranger Sergeant. Pe-106 forms must be submitted to the Human Resources Bureau by 5 p.m., March 13. Written exams are scheduled for 1 p.m. March 31 at regional headquarters offices. Oral exams will be at 8 a.m. May 19 at the Training Academy.
Written exams will be given for the position of Capitol Police Sergeant at 9 a.m. March 3 at the Training Academy with oral exams there at 8 a.m. March 4.
The General Services Commission has established new rates for out-of-state meals and lodging effective Jan. 1, 1998. Knowing the rates is important if you travel out of state on DPS business, because you may not be reimbursed for expenses that exceed them. If you need a rate list and haven't received one, please call Travel Supervisor Gladys Lackey at 512-424-2272.
A meeting to discuss the formation of a Toastmasters club for DPS employees is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., March 10, in the training classroom of Building K.
Toastmasters International provides a supportive, positive environment where people can learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking. Clubs provide each member the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. The March 10 meeting will feature presentations by several experienced Toastmasters from DPS and around Austin.
For more information, please contact Patrick Knue at ext. 3201.
Beverly Elizabeth Reeves, Program Admin. II, CIB Austin to Manager ,CIB Austin; John Marc Rariden, Program Admin. II, CRS Austin to Manager, Fingerprint & Records Bureau Austin; Harry Joseph Hoelscher, Tr. IV, SES Harlingen to Sgt., Training Bureau Austin.
James Patrick O'Burke, Sgt./Inv., Narc. Svc., San Antonio to Lt., Narc. Svc., McAllen.
David Alan O'Neal, Tr. IV, L&W Marshall to Sgt., L&W Mount Pleasant; Lanny Ray Hooper, Police Comm. Opr. III, San Angelo to Supr. Police Comm., Laredo; Robert James Hawkins, Tr. II, DL Garland to Sgt., DL Dallas-East; Charles Richard Eichhorn Jr., Corp. IV, DL El Paso to Sgt., DL El Paso; Roberto Gonzalez, Tr. IV, L&W Laredo to Sgt., DL Laredo; Mark Juan Jackson, Tr. III, DL Killeen to Sgt., DL Plainview; Louis Lopez II, Corp. III, HP El Paso to Sgt., DL Beaumont; Alberto Coronado, Tr. II, DL Arlington to Sgt., DL Hurst; William David Smith, Corp. III, HP Canadian to Sgt., HP El Paso; Mark Robertson Spillers, Tr. III, HP San Antonio to Sgt., HP San Antonio; Mark Dale Reinhardt, Tr. IV, HP Cleburne to Sgt., HP Cleburne; Warren Lawrence Kirkland, Tr. II, HP Austin to Sgt., HP Center.
Donald Gayle Hatcher, Insp. II, I&P Austin, 30 yrs., 5 mos., 17 days; Ada Mae Johnson, Secretary, Crime Lab Austin, 10 yrs., 14 days; Loyce Velaree Ellis, DL Tech., Tyler, 25 yrs., 9 mos; Patricia Ann Baron, Bookkeeping & Record Clerk, Veh. Insp. Austin, 17 yrs., 9 mos.; Delbert Lee Comte, Sgt., DL Lufkin, 29 yrs., 6 mos.; Delmer Eugene Kea, Sgt., Rangers Eastland, 29 yrs., 2 mos., 18 days; Stephen Lee Smith, Sgt., DL Austin, 23 yrs., 6 days; Lawrence Howard Fite, Insp. II, I&P Austin, 19 yrs., 9 mos., 5 days; Ronald Wesley King, Tr. V, HP Rusk, 25 yrs., 7 mos., 4 days; Leo Curtis Stewart III, Sgt., HP San Antonio, 20 yrs., 7 mos., 24 days.
J.L. Rogers, ret. Ranger Insp., Austin (Aug. 1937 to Jan. 1978) died Jan. 31; Thomas Jonathan Greene, ret. Tr. II, DL Marshall (Nov. 1947 to March 1980) died Jan. 13.
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