Texas Department of Public Safety

DPS Continues Saturday Services for Commercial Driver Licenses at Select Offices in December

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the continuation of additional Saturday appointments at select commercial driver license (CDL) offices for customers needing to apply, renew, replace or upgrade their Texas CDL in the month of December. Participating driver license offices will offer a limited number of appointments on Dec. 4 and 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dec. 18 from 7 to 11 a.m. “We’re adding more Saturday dates for CDL appointments to […]

DPS Increases Traffic Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday

There is a lot to be thankful for this year, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to ensure people are able to get to and from their holiday celebrations safely. Texas Highway Patrol Troopers will increase enforcement on the roads from Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 28. DPS Troopers will be looking for people not wearing seat belts, driving while intoxicated, speeding and failing to follow the Move Over, Slow Down law, among […]

DPS Graduates Three New K-9 Teams

Photos (left to right: Frank, Fetha and Nasha) The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) graduated three new K-9 teams from a nine-week training program on Nov. 12. These K-9 teams will join more than 50 DPS Canine Detection Teams across Texas within DPS’ Texas Highway Patrol Division. “Our K-9 units play an integral role in interdicting criminals and detecting narcotics on the streets, and I’m proud to welcome these three new handlers and K-9s […]

DPS Seeks Leads in 1981 Slaying of Harris County Mother

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking information in the 1981 cold case homicide of 22-year-old Karen Lynn Douglas, of Harris County. An increased reward of up to $6,000 is now offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before the next featured cold case is announced. A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers’ […]

DPS Labs Adopt New National Science Standards

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to announce that its Crime Laboratory Division laboratories have been recognized for voluntarily adopting national forensic standards published by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The DPS laboratories have been recognized by NIST as OSAC Implementers. DPS labs voluntarily underwent the process to ensure the state’s labs are held to the highest […]

DPS Adds Saturday Services for Commercial Driver Licenses at Select Offices in November

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added additional Saturday appointment availability at select commercial driver license (CDL) offices for customers needing to apply, renew, replace or upgrade their Texas CDL. Participating driver license offices will offer a limited number of appointments on Nov. 6, 13 and 20 to help Texans with CDL services. The offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We’ve all seen reports, or personally felt the impact, of the […]

DPS Urges Children, Drivers to Learn Safe Habits During National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 18-22 and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to remind the public that they play an important role in ensuring the school buses make it to their destinations safely each day. “School buses are the safest mode of travel for children to get to school, and drivers need to do simple but crucial things, such as not passing a school bus or paying attention when […]

DPS Recognizes Lifesaving Efforts at PSC Meeting

The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) along with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw awarded two Director’s Citations; seven Lifesaving Awards; and one Purple Heart to department personnel at the PSC meeting on Thursday, Oct. 14, at DPS Headquarters in Austin. One Director’s Award was also presented to a member of a partner agency at the meeting. “I commend these individuals for their actions, which exemplify the devotion they show to their profession on a daily basis,” said […]

DPS Graduates First Ever EMT Class

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is making history, graduating its first ever DPS Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class. The class of 15 Troopers graduated during a ceremony at DPS Headquarters in Austin on Thursday, Sept. 30. “This program enhances the wide variety of services we already provide across the state of Texas, allowing us to offer enhanced emergency medical treatment in critical situations,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are grateful to work […]

DPS, TMD Address Migrant Surge at Weekly Operation Lone Star Briefing

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Military Department (TMD) today held a media briefing to provide an update on the operations that were conducted to contain the recent migrant surge in Del Rio near the port of entry as part of the Operation Lone Star (OLS) mission. The briefing was held at DPS’ regional headquarters in Weslaco. “It was critical that Texas law enforcement secure the area around the port of entry […]