Border security measures leads to rise in Hispanic troopers
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State authorities say the effort to increase security measures along the border has led to a rise in the number of state troopers who are Hispanic.
An analysis by The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/29na5oy ) shows that over the last 18 months more than 40 percent of the 450 people who trained to become a trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety were Hispanic. That's the highest percentage in at least a decade.
Lawmakers have designated $800 million to boost security along the border, and pay incentives were introduced as part of the border package. DPS officials say a larger recruiting budget and greater presence in South Texas have contributed to the rise in Hispanic applicants.
The trend has helped DPS address a chronic shortage of some 200 personnel.