News Release

June 14, 2012

Newest DPS Patrol Vessel Commissioned in Austin

Boat named in honor of the late Trooper Troy Hogue
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today commissioned the fourth of its new patrol vessels at a ceremony in Austin. The boat is named in honor of the late Trooper Troy Hogue, who was stationed in Big Spring, and at the age of 39, was shot and killed by a DWI suspect after a traffic wreck on I-20 in Howard County on December 30, 1994.

“Trooper Hogue died serving and protecting the people of Texas, and this boat, which is named in his honor, will continue his legacy, protecting the people of Texas from violent drug traffickers and other criminals,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “These patrol vessels and the recently formed Tactical Marine Unit are enhancing our department’s ability to combat illegal activity along the Texas coast and Rio Grande River.”

The Troy Hogue will primarily patrol the Rio Grande River and is the fourth of six 34-foot shallow water interceptors that will ultimately patrol the Rio Grande River and the Intracoastal Waterway.  Each vessel is named in honor of a DPS officer killed in the line of duty.

The black and white patrol vessels are equipped with advanced law enforcement technology, including multiple automatic weapons for self-defense, ballistic shielding and night vision capabilities. The six patrol vessels are funded by the Texas Legislature and federal homeland security grants. 

The other boats that have been commissioned to date are the Bill Davidson, the J.D. Davis and the David Rucker. Trooper Davidson was shot and killed in Jackson County in 1992; Trooper Davis was shot and killed in Lubbock County in 1980; and Trooper Rucker was shot and killed in Cameron County in 1981.

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