There’s a new sergeant in town to lead the local Texas Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol office.

Sgt. Chris Frost, 30, was promoted by the DPS on Dec. 1, 2007 and received a transfer to Stephenville from the Waxahachie Highway Patrol office, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

Frost will oversee the operations of the local office that is responsible for patrols of area highways in the three-county area, including Erath, Comanche and Hamilton counties, as well as a staff of 11 state troopers.

A native of Crawford, Frost brings to the local DPS office 10 years of law enforcement experience and holds a Texas Advance Peace Officer license.

After graduating from Crawford High School and attending McLennan Community College in Waco where he took courses in criminal justice, Frost enrolled at the Central Texas Police Academy in Killeen, completing his training in July 1998.

Frost then served as a police officer for the city of McGregor from 1999-2002 at which time he set his sights on becoming a Texas state trooper and enrolled at the Texas DPS Training Academy in Austin. He received more than 1,100 hours of training and successfully completed the 26-week Academy in December 2002.

Following his graduation from the DPS Academy, Frost was first assigned to the Waxahachie DPS Highway Patrol office and remained there until February 2005. He later transferred to the Waco Highway Patrol office where he worked until receiving his latest promotion to sergeant on Dec. 1, 2007.

Frost spent the month of December with the Laredo Highway Patrol office working with other state troopers and the U.S. Border Patrol as part of Gov. Rick Perry’s Operation Border Star before relocating to Stephenville to assume his new position.

“When this position became available I was very excited to get here,” said Frost, who also joins the community with his wife and two children. “There’s a lot of really good people here in Stephenville and the surrounding counties. I’ve received a warm welcome and the people here are really nice.”

Frost says it’s his goal as the new DPS sergeant to have a more visible presence on the three-county area’s highways. “It’s difficult at the current time even though we’re fully staffed, but we’re participating in Operation Border Star and having to send our people there (to the Texas-Mexico border).”

The sergeant says resources, including two local troopers per month, are dispatched to areas along the border to conduct routine patrols.

In coordination with the U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition, the Coastal Bend Sheriffs Coalition and border area police departments, the State of Texas launched Operation Border Star in mid-September.

The operation is a unified high-intensity, multi-agency effort focused on reducing crime in targeted regions along the border.

Operation Border Star draws resources from across the state to support the U.S. Border Patrol, including local law enforcement, state troopers, criminal intelligence personnel and Texas Rangers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens, and Texas Military Forces personnel and equipment, including fixed-wing aircraft, and a large arsenal of helicopters with night vision capabilities.

Frost replaces former local Sgt. Danny Briley who was recently promoted and now serves as a Texas Ranger in Waxahachie.