AUSTIN (KXAN) — Out of the 95 men and women who are part of the newest batch of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, one particular man and one particular woman made history at the graduation Friday.
“It’s just as great as our wedding day… We don’t want to trip or anything like that,” said Trooper Maira Salinas, who graduated with her husband, Enciro Salinas, by her side. The Salinas’ are the first-ever married couple to complete the DPS Trooper recruit program.
While Enciro always wanted to be a trooper, Maira only knew she wanted to be in law enforcement, but when the opportunity arose to go through the program, Maira jumped at the chance. While the couple started in the program together, the second week was a surprise.
“We get back from PT orientation and Maira wasn’t next to me anymore and I was worried,” said Enciro with a chuckle, who thought his wife had quit the program. “I looked around and she was sitting next to one of our corporals… from there we just stuck through it, the experience has been great.”
Since troopers can be assigned to work in any inch of the Lone Star State, the two were worried they’d have to maintain a long distance relationship. But, during the academy, they both sighed a breath of relief when they found out they were both going to work in The Valley—he in Edinburg and she in McCallen. The Salinas’ will be two of the 51 troopers from this class who will be stationed in the border area as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to add more troops in those main corridors.
“We put in our dream team, we need to be close together as a married couple,” said Maira.
While it can be hard to be married to someone in law enforcement, the Salinas’ know this bond helps them grow as a couple.
“With both of us being the same here together, I think it’s kind of a unique way of looking at your marriage because I’m going to know what he’s going through and he’s going to know what I’m going through, because we’re both going to know the stresses of the job,” said Maira. In an immediate response, Enciro said, “We’ve seen what we’re both capable of and see that we can handle the job the right way.”
The Salinas’ along with the other new troopers will report to duty stations across Texas in the coming weeks and spend the first six months in on-the-job training.