Feb 15, 2024 12:00 PM
Sgt. Michael Telles

Sgt. Michael Telles witll talk to our Club about the inception of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Bike Patrol. Where it started and where it is today.


About Sgt. Michael Telles

Sergeant Michael Telles, a native Austinite, has been employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety since 1996 after spending four years in The United States Marine Corps.  From 1996-2006, He performed the normal duties as a DPS Trooper. From 2006-2008, He was appointed as Corporal and supervised 28 DPS Security Officers. Additionally in 2008, He was selected to be a counselor (drill instructor) for Class A-2008 at the DPS Recruit Academy. In 2009, he was selected and assigned to the DPS Bike Patrol, and attended Bike Patrol school in Fort Worth, TX. Since then, he has served as a Trooper, Corporal, and now Sergeant since 2016. In 2011, he attended the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association Bike Patrol Instructors Course in Tampa, Florida. Prior to leading the unit, he helped coordinate and instruct the first series of schools taught by DPS troopers under the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association. In 2012 and 2013, hosted Bike Patrol school where we hosted other agencies for certification. In 2016, he fostered a tri-agency collaboration for training with Austin and Fort Worth Police Departments to conduct Public Order Training. In 2018, he was asked to speak at the International Police Mountain Bike Association's Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on how DPS Bike Patrol addressed the protest/riot group "Antifa". In 2019, The DPS Bike Patrol began hosting other agencies to become certified bike patrol officers, free of charge. In 2020, he led the DPS Bike unit through the series of riots/protest during the George Floyd Protest. Sergeant Telles has led the unit in hundreds of protests, rallies, special events and the riots since 2016. Today the DPS Bike Patrol has two team with allotments for a total of 20 Troopers and 2 Sergeants.