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Texas Department of Public Safety

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Last year, Texas led the nation in the number of law enforcement officers killed.

Statewide,  Texas saw a total of 17 officers give their lives in the line of duty. Now, in the wake of this deadly year, the state’s law enforcement community is experiencing a recruiting shortage.

Kevin Lawrence, the Executive Director of the Texas Municipal Police Association, said the job of a police officer is “more dangerous and it’s more difficult than it ever has been.”

US 83 is one of the longest north south routes in the United States, and it cuts through the heart of the high plains. When you’re on that long stretch, there are times you would swear you’re the only car in a sea of giant 18 wheelers. The Texas Department of Public Safety is working to ensure your safety by participating in National Roadcheck week.