Trooper Wounded While Pursuing Suspect in Bexar County

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, a Texas State Trooper stopped a diver for a traffic violation on I-10 in Guadalupe County, Texas.  The driver gave a false name, resisted arrest and fled in a car westbound to San Antonio with the Trooper in pursuit.

The suspect left westbound I-10 and re-entered I-10 driving the wrong direction.  The trooper used his vehicle as a barrier to force the suspect off the road.  The suspect emerged from his vehicle, produced a gun and forced the Trooper to exchange gunfire with him.  The suspect was fatally wounded.  The Trooper was wounded in the arm and flown to a local hospital.

At TSTA, our thoughts and prayers are with this brave Trooper and his family.  We have also reached out to his family to help during his hospitalization.  TSTA is always ready to help.

Jack R. Crier
Executive Director
Texas State Troopers Association

DPS: Plan to lay off 117 troopers has been nixed

A cost-cutting plan to lay off 117 Texas state troopers has been nixed, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Thursday, February 16, 2018.

A state commission in December approved a plan to do away with a program — and the people employed through it — that rehired retired troopers who already were drawing a pension.

The program was created in 2002 to help hiring at DPS, which was struggling to fill vacancies at the time. Last year, officials argued that the program no longer was needed.

However, the affected troopers did not want to lose their jobs, said Jack Crier, executive director for the Texas State Troopers Association.

DPS direc tor Steven McCraw announced Thursday in an email to all DPS employees that the so-called retire/rehire program would not be eliminated and that state lawmakers said DPS could “pursue an alternative option to fund these positions.”

Texas lawmakers “have made it clear that it was never their intent for DPS commissioned officers to be terminated to address the budget and position reduction requirements,” McCraw wrote.

McCraw added that any troopers who left DPS in anticipation of the cuts “will be afforded an opportunity to return to the department.”

It was unknown at press time Thursday how many troopers already had left the agency in anticipation of the cuts.

Crier said the troopers to whom he spoke were relieved to hear Thursday’s news.

“A lot of members called in about this,” Crier said. “We had to talk to a number of legislators about this.”

DPS unions had criticized the plan to end the program, saying the layoffs might be discriminatory against older officers, especially after DPS hired 97 new troopers the same week it announced the end of the retire/rehire program.

By Katie Hall – Austin American Statesman, February 15, 2018


Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on FEBRUARY 2018 TSTA NEWSLETTER to read the current issue of the Texas State Trooper.

Page 1 – Our work with the Texas Legislature to prevent the Department’s proposed layoff of 117 troopers.

Also on Page 1 – The retirement of thirty-one year TSTA employee Ursula Riordan

Page 2 – Judge Gist  reviews thirty years of articles that he wrote for the Texas State Trooper

Page 4 – Mark Riordan’s article about teaching Situational Awareness to civilians and children

Page 9 – Everything TSTA offers you for only $25 per year.

Be safe,

Jack R. Crier
TSTA Executive Director


Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on JANUARY 2018 TSTA NEWSLETTER  to read the current issue of the Texas State Trooper.

Page 1 – Meet Jack R. Crier, the new Executive Director of TSTA and Mario Martinez, our new Governmental Affairs Consultant.

Page 2 – Judge Gist – great article on victim rights in criminal prosecutions.

Page 4 – Mark Riordan’s article clearly explaining Cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin.

Page 10 – Everything TSTA offers you for only $25 per year.


Jack R. Crier
TSTA Executive Director


Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on DECEMBER 2017 TSTA NEWSLETTER  to read the current issue of the Texas State Trooper.

Page 1 – Thank you Mark Riordan for your kind remarks concerning me.  This was totally unexpected but greatly appreciated.

Also on page 1 – Ladies thanks, I love you, take next weekend off!

Page 2 – Thanks Judge Gist for the explanation of Criminal Intent.  Great article as usual.

Page 4 – Crier’s Chronicles – Thanks Jack for reminding our members of some of the very important things we have accomplished for them.

Pages 5-7: These pages honor recently fallen DPS officers.  We all mourn their loss.

Be safe!

Claude Hart
Executive Director


Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on NOVEMBER 2017 TSTA NEWSLETTER to read the current issue of the “Texas State Trooper”.

Page 1 and 3 – Trooper Chad Freeman and wife Jera meet TSTA Vice President Miles Engelke after successful surgery on their son Casen.  Our prayers are with them.

Page 2 – Judge Gist – Great article on differences between probation and deferred adjudication.

Page 4 – See Crier’s Chronicles – they show how important you are to the legislative process.

Page 5 – Mark Riordan’s article – keeps your finances safe… this is a need to read.

Page 7 – See everything TSTA offers you for only $25 per year.

Take care,

Claude Hart
Executive Director


Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on OCTOBER 2017 TSTA NEWSLETTER to read the current issue of the “Texas State Trooper”.

Thank you Woodlands DPS for the tremendous acknowledgment of TSTA’s contribution.

Judge Gist you really give folks things to think about.

Some very important things in Legal Counsel Jack Crier’s article.  If you worked a hurricane, at least read paragraph three.

Mark Riordan, thanks for your article on the Highway Patrol 6B2 reunion

We all will miss Adolph Thomas, read his obituary on page 6.

Congratulations to the DPS Heroes, page 7.

See what TSTA offers you for only $25 per year on page 8.

Be safe,

Claude Hart
Executive Director

CR – Consumer Reports(TM): Getting Help After Harvey

We are all saddened by the tragic events in Texas surrounding Hurricane Harvey. Our experts here at Consumer Reports wanted to share some information that might be helpful to you or anyone you may know affected by the storm. We realize that for many, rebuilding and recovery represents a long road ahead, and we hope that this helps.

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Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on SEPTEMBER 2017 TSTA NEWSLETTER to read the current issue of the Texas State Trooper.

Good riddance to our unwelcome guest Harvey on page 1.

Deborah Ingersoll and Jack Crier give you details of the Special Session at the Capitol. Deborah’s article is on page 1 and Jack’s article is on page 4.

Lots of yah, yahing going on these days about impeachment. Judge Gist explains both the process and the seldomness of its use on page 2.

Mark Riordan has a great article on Accident Reconstruction on page 5.

Page 6 gives you an overview of some of the laws that came out of the legislative session.

See what TSTA has available for you on page 10

Tickle your funny bone, Kuemple’s Korner is on page 11.

Page 12, “Why that’s an application,” for only $25 PER YEAR you can become bonafide and start receiving your benefits.

Be safe!

Claude Hart
Executive Director


Dear Members and Friends of TSTA,

Click on AUGUST 2017 TSTA NEWSLETTER  to read the current issue of the Texas State Trooper.

Lots of good material in this month’s edition of Texas State Trooper.

Jack Crier has an excellent article on what’s about to happen and how we are fighting for you.

Judge Gist’s article on Encounters and Detentions is excellent – need to read.

Deborah Ingersoll has brought you up-to-date on what’s happening in the special legislative session and has included a link to the final report on the regular legislative session.

Many of you remember C.B. Isbell and Jim Pribble.  Both were great TSTA friends.  We mourn their passing.

Mark Riordan has a good story on America’s first woman in Investigations.

Read about the young Gardendale, TX girl who was inspired by a female Texas State Trooper.

Read and heed the social security scam.

See what TSTA offers you for only $25 per year.

Till next time,

Claude Hart

Executive Director