Texas Department of Public Safety

DPS Increases Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging drivers to make safety a top priority this holiday, as increased travel can present additional challenges for drivers. As part of the nationwide Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) initiative, DPS Troopers will be increasing patrols beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 29. DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law, including those who are […]

DPS Reminds Drivers to Watch for Students Returning to Class this Fall

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind drivers to continue to be cautious and stay alert in school zones, particularly this school year with students attending classes on varying schedules. Drivers should slow down in school zones, follow traffic laws and always be alert. Additionally, all Texans should exercise caution around school buses, as well as stop when required, and be mindful of all posted speed limits. “This school year is particularly […]

Saturday Appointments Still Available at Driver License Offices

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that Saturday appointments remain available at many driver license (DL) offices across the state. Saturday appointments are specifically for customers to renew or replace Texas driver licenses (DLs), identification (ID) cards and Election Identification Certificates (EICs). Saturday appointments at participating offices will be offered through Dec. 19, with the exception of Nov. 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Saturday Appointments Still Available at Driver License Offices

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that many driver license (DL) offices across the state continue to offer appointments on Saturdays — and appointments remain available at offices statewide. Saturday appointments are specifically for customers to renew or replace Texas driver license (DL) and identification (ID) cards. Saturday appointments also include services to renew or replace Election Identification Certificates (EICs). Saturday appointments will be offered through Dec. 19, with the exception of Nov. […]

DPS Recognized for Innovative Effort in Sexual Predator Case

 AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received the FBI’s Biometric Identification Award for the efforts of two DPS Crime Lab employees who were instrumental in solving a child pornography case. At a ceremony in Austin today, William G. McKinsey, the FBI (Criminal Justice Information Services) CJIS Division’s Biometric Services Section Chief, presented the award to Jenny Hall and Meghan Blackburn, both of the Austin Crime Lab. DPS Director Steven McCraw, DPS Law Enforcement Support Assistant Director Mike […]

Texas Conducts Large-Scale Hurricane Exercise

Residents Reminded to Prepare for Hurricane Season Now AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Texas Division of Emergency Management today hosted representatives from approximately 30 agencies at the Texas State Operations Center in Austin for a large-scale hurricane exercise, dubbed Hurricane Charlie. The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), along with the state agencies and partner organizations with the Texas Emergency Management Council, are conducting the week-long hurricane exercise with various local […]

DPS Joins National Commercial Vehicle Inspection Effort

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers, inspectors and investigators will conduct intensified commercial vehicle inspections from June 6 – 8 as part of Roadcheck 2017, an annual three-day enforcement effort across North America to increase motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security. DPS Troopers will be on the lookout for commercial vehicles, including 18-wheelers and buses, with serious equipment violations and drivers out of compliance with state and federal requirements. […]

DPS Enhances Enforcement During Memorial Day Weekend

  AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will join law enforcement efforts across the state during the Memorial Day weekend to help keep Texas roadways safe. From Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29, DPS Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, and drivers violating speed limit, seat belt and other traffic laws. “As we honor those who gave their lives to protect and serve our country, we are asking […]

DPS Urges Drivers to Practice Safety During Spring Break

  AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that Spring Break represents a break from school and work – but not safety. In expectation of increased highway traffic, the department is urging drivers to obey all traffic laws and use extra caution when driving during the weeks of Spring Break. “DPS is calling on all drivers to do their part to keep Texas roadways safe for travelers during the busy […]

State Report Highlights Public Safety Threats to Texas

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, a state intelligence estimate that offers an assessment of the current public safety threats to Texas. “Protecting Texans from the full scope of public safety and homeland security threats is the foremost goal of DPS, and the department works with our fellow law enforcement partners at all levels of government to prepare for the unthinkable,” said DPS […]