Rodney Blauvelt of Brady graduated April 25 from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 24th Training Academy. “Our graduates today enter a different and more dangerous world in law enforcement,” said Col. Thomas A. Davis, Jr., director of the DPS. “They will act as the first line of defense for the citizens of Texas against criminals of all sorts’from drunk drivers to terrorists. We expect them to uphold and even enhance the proud tradition of the Texas Department of Public Safety.” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott addressed the graduating class at Riverbend Center in Austin. DPS assistant director Lt. Col. David McEathron also participated in the ceremony along with DPS training officers. The 27-week school is the longest continuous training academy offered by any law enforcement agency in Texas, and one of the longest in the nation. The cadets entered the Academy in September and completed 1,214 hours of instruction’more than twice the training required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. The students received instruction in criminal law, traffic law, arrest procedures, accident investigation, first aid and other law enforcement subjects, as well as classes aimed at developing self-esteem and goal setting skills. Trooper Blauvelt will be assigned to the Highway Patrol in Comanche.