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May 1998

Department purchases land
for new Houston regional office

Plans for a new regional office in northwest Houston are moving forward with the purchase of 20 acres of land near the intersection of Highway 290 and FM 1960.

Design of the $12-million building has not been set, but Andrew Mokry, manager of the Building Program Bureau, said he expects that a three-floor main building should be completed by Dec. 31, 1999.

The new building is expected to relieve crowded conditions for employees in the Houston region. The current regional office has 33,000 square feet, while the new building will have about 70,000 square feet.

"We can no longer build out or up, so we need to start over," said Maj. Joe Reinhart. "There are too few parking spaces as it is. We just need more space."

Mokry said that the Department also is considering building a mini fleet operations center, an on-site radio tower, a hanger and helicopter landing pad. A new driver license facility is not planned.

The new building is much anticipated by those in the Houston region.

"Everyone around here is excited," Reinhart said. "The Houston employees have lived with crowded conditions for a long time now. It will be welcomed with open arms by all of us."

"We need to bring our employees, such as our pilots, that are at other locations back into our office," Reinhart said.

Mokry said access to the new site will be convenient. "The site is in a great location with three wide streets adjoining it, making it easily accessible to major roadways and tollways."

The current regional office on the Northwest Freeway in Houston was built in 1968 and has been enlarged to three times its original size.

Dear Fellow Employee,
"Greater love hath no man..." Each day, the men and women of the DPS put their lives on the line to make Texas a safer place to live.
Unfortunately, 73 troopers and officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1932.
On Monday, May 11, we will observe the annual Peace Officer Memorial Day with a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Training Academy in Austin.
We have invited family members of those who were killed in the line of duty to join us at the ceremony and remember their loved ones and recognize the tremendous sacrifices they made.
I hope you will take a moment on May 11 to remember those who came before us.
And please take a moment to consider your own safety, and the safety of others. We want you back on the job tomorrow.

Welcome to the members of the Capitol Police Recruit School that began their training on April 13!

Col. Dudley Thomas

Short Shots

Director's Citations/Awards

Karen Sue Collins and Willard Tom Collins, both of Cypress, received Director's Awards for rescuing and stabilizing an unconscious man. The victim was in his burning car when the Collinses got him out. They performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The Collinses were nominated by Tr. D.M. Teague, HP Hockley, and Tr. K.L. Bastian, HP Tomball.

Chester Clouse, John Phillips, Earl "Bubba" May, Roger Goss and John Esposito, all of Conroe, and Kenneth Coleman of Willis received Director's Awards for their assistance in pulling two men from a burning van. A car with six occupants collided head on with a van when the car was passing another vehicle. Goss and Coleman used fire extinguishers to control the fire while the other men freed a trapped occupant. May used a crowbar to free the occupant's leg. While rescuing the driver, the men saw another victim under the burning vehicle. Both the van's driver and passenger survived the accident, which killed the six people in the passenger car. The men were nominated by Tr. John F. Hart Jr., HP New Caney.

FBI National Academy
Capt. Kent Mawyer, San Antonio Motor Vehicle Theft, and Lt. Michael Dexter Scott, Houston Special Crimes Service, graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA on March 27, 1998.

TPA School Registration
Any DPS employee may register for a Texas Police Association school at any time. This early registration process gives DPS employees time to plan and prepare for upcoming programs. To register, call the academy secretarial staff at 512-424-5780.

Recruit Graduation
Our largest graduation class in history--138 troopers--is now on the road. The class graduated March 27 in a ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

High-Tech Job Fair
If you know someone who is looking for a job in computer programming or operating, fleet radio programs, technical writing or telecommunications systems programming, please refer them to DPS recruiter Jason Gutierrez at 512-424-2207.
The Human Resources Bureau will hold a high-tech job fair in Austin on May 12 and 13 at the Austin North Hilton Hotel, 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

DPS Toastmasters Meet
Employees at Headquarters in Austin have started a Toastmasters group that meets each Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Toastmasters is a group that helps members become more confident public speakers.
For more information on the Austin group, or how to start a group in your area, please call Warren Wilbanks at 512-424-5747.

Mile Markers

TLE Promotions
Rosa Elisa Chavez, Insp. III, MVI El Paso to Supr., Veh. Insp. Serv. El Paso; Arthur Lemuel Hardin, Insp. III, MVI Corpus Christi to Supr., Veh. Insp. Serv. Corpus Christi.

Joseph K. Jamison, Supr., Gen. Svc. Austin, 27 yrs., 1 mo.; Gladys Boyd Lackey, Supr., Accounting & Budget Control Austin, 11 yrs., 3 mos.; Alvin Jim Bohac, Tr. V, DL Austin, 30 yrs., 1 mo., 14 days; Waylon Jasper Bullard, Capt., Narc. Svc. San Antonio, 28 yrs., 11 mos., 24 days; James Howard Reese Jr., Corp. V, L&W Henderson, 28 yrs., 2 mos., 20 days; Leona Louise Carpenter, CCH Data Tech. II, Fing. Recs. Austin, 23 yrs., 15 days; Marian Doris Cochran, Sec. IV, Cap. Pol. Austin, 6 yrs., 7 mos.

Charles A. "Ollie" Quinn, Cap. Pol. Sec. Off. I, Austin (Sept. 1991 to March 1998) died March 23; Dalton "Gary" Lawrence, Ret. L&W Tr., Tyler (July 1968 to May 1992) died March 14; H.A. Albert, Ret. Chief, Crime Records Service Austin HQ (June 1950 to May 1990) died April 5.