November 2, 2016
Cypress Ridge High School students in teacher Chris Owens’ street law classes complete a tour of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Region 2 headquarters facility on Oct. 13.
Nov. 1, 2016—Sixty-five students from Cypress Ridge High School teacher Chris Owens’ street law classes visited the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Region 2 headquarters at 1223 West Road for presentations and demonstrations on Oct. 13.
Owens arranged the visit through his good friend, Edgar Gonzales, who works in the DPS’ narcotics division.
During the visit, students learned about DPS aircraft operations from department pilots and viewed one of the helicopters in the hangar. They also learned how investigations are conducted from the Texas Rangers, and how to avoid gangs in schools from criminal investigations division (CID) investigators.
The goal of the interaction was to give students an opportunity to see how law enforcement works to enhance their quality of life.
Owens said that it was a successful visit, and that he plans to continue field trips there with future street law classes.
“The students really liked the tour of the office and the DPS helicopter. The presentations that the troopers gave were awesome,” he said. “The students also got to speak with two Texas Rangers and they asked them a ton of questions. They came away from the trip with a lot of knowledge about law enforcement and a great deal of respect for police officers and the work they do. A few can't wait until they are 21 so they can become state troopers."
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