Texas Department of Public Safety
Overview
 
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a department of the government of the state of Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

. The DPS is responsible for statewide law enforcement and vehicle regulation. The Public Safety Commission oversees the DPS. Its five members are appointed by the Governor of Texas
Governor of Texas
The governor of Texas is the head of the executive branch of Texas's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Texas Legislature, and to convene the legislature...

 and confirmed by the Texas Senate
Texas Senate
The Texas Senate is the upper house of the Texas Legislature. There are 31 members of the Senate, representing 31 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 672,000 per constituency. There are no term limits, and each term is four years long. The Senate meets at the...

, to serve without pay for staggered, six-year terms. The commission formulates plans and policies for enforcing criminal, traffic and safety laws, for preventing and detecting crime, for apprehending law violators and for educating citizens about laws and public safety.
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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a department of the government of the state of Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

. The DPS is responsible for statewide law enforcement and vehicle regulation. The Public Safety Commission oversees the DPS. Its five members are appointed by the Governor of Texas
Governor of Texas
The governor of Texas is the head of the executive branch of Texas's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Texas Legislature, and to convene the legislature...

 and confirmed by the Texas Senate
Texas Senate
The Texas Senate is the upper house of the Texas Legislature. There are 31 members of the Senate, representing 31 single-member districts across the state with populations of approximately 672,000 per constituency. There are no term limits, and each term is four years long. The Senate meets at the...

, to serve without pay for staggered, six-year terms. The commission formulates plans and policies for enforcing criminal, traffic and safety laws, for preventing and detecting crime, for apprehending law violators and for educating citizens about laws and public safety. The DPS Director and Assistant Director report to the Commission. The Director's staff includes the Director, Steve McCraw, who holds the rank of Colonel, and Deputy Director David Baker, who holds the rank of Lt. Colonel.

The agency is headquartered at 5805 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin
Austin, Texas
Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of :Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 14th most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in...

.

Divisions

DPS is divided into twelve Divisions:
  • Administration
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Driver License Division
  • Emergency Management
  • Finance
  • General Counsel
  • Texas Highway Patrol
  • Information Technology
  • Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division
  • Law Enforcement Support
  • Regulatory Licensing
  • Texas Rangers Division

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division serves as the indirect staff to the Director of the Department and provides Information Technology, Law Enforcement Support, Finance, Administration, and Regulatory Licensing for the entire Department.

The Administration section maintains DPS property, provides training to other divisions, and operates the Crime Records Service. The Crime Records Service maintains criminal justice information and issues concealed handgun
Concealed carry
Concealed carry, or CCW , refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one's person or in proximity.-In Canada:...

 licenses.

Criminal Investigations Division

In 2009, the Department of Public Safety created the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as part of a major restructuring of the Department. The CID consists of 700 members, including 573 commissioned officers and 129 civilian support personnel. The CID Assistant Director's Office consists of the assistant director, deputy assistant director, an administrative major, and four civilian support personnel.

The CID is divided into four different sections, which are specialized by function:
  • Gang Section
  • Drug Section
  • Special Investigative Section
  • Investigative Support Section


The CID sections work together to prevent, suppress, and solve crime in cooperation with city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Multi-jurisdictional violations typically investigated by CID include terrorism, gang-related organized crime, illegal drug trafficking, motor vehicle theft, gambling, public corruption, fraud, theft, and counterfeit documents."

Driver License Division

The Driver License Division is responsible for the issuing and revocation of Texas driver's license
Driver's license
A driver's license/licence , or driving licence is an official document which states that a person may operate a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck or a bus, on a public roadway. Most U.S...

s and Identification Certificates.

Emergency Management Division

The Emergency Management Division is responsible for coordinating statewide emergency planning and response. Typical emergencies are weather-related (hurricanes
Tropical cyclone
A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain. Tropical cyclones strengthen when water evaporated from the ocean is released as the saturated air rises, resulting in condensation of water vapor...

, flood
Flood
A flood is an overflow of an expanse of water that submerges land. The EU Floods directive defines a flood as a temporary covering by water of land not normally covered by water...

s, tornado
Tornado
A tornado is a violent, dangerous, rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as a twister or a cyclone, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology in a wider...

es), but the DEM also has responsibility for containing outbreaks of infectious disease
Infectious disease
Infectious diseases, also known as communicable diseases, contagious diseases or transmissible diseases comprise clinically evident illness resulting from the infection, presence and growth of pathogenic biological agents in an individual host organism...

 and containment of hazardous materials. The DEM is also responsible for administering Texas' AMBER Alert
AMBER Alert
An AMBER Alert or a Child Abduction Emergency is a child abduction alert bulletin in several countries throughout the world, issued upon the suspected abduction of a child, since 1996...

 network.

Texas Highway Patrol

The Texas Highway Patrol
Texas Highway Patrol
The Texas Highway Patrol is a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and has the responsibility for general police traffic supervision, traffic, and criminal law enforcement on the rural highways of Texas...

 Division is the unit of the Department most frequently seen by citizens. Uniformed Troopers of the highway patrol are responsible for enforcing traffic and criminal law, usually in unincorporated areas, and serve as the Texas state police
State police
State police are a type of sub-national territorial police force, particularly in Australia and the United States. Some other countries have analogous police forces, such as the provincial police in some Canadian provinces, while in other places, the same responsibilities are held by national...

.

Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division

The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division (ICT) plays a leading role in the Department's goal of combating terrorism and organized crime.

ICT manages and operates the Texas Fusion Center, which serves as the centerpiece in establishing and maintaining a statewide information sharing network. Through the development, acquisition, analysis and dissemination of criminal intelligence information, the Texas Fusion Center supports criminal investigations across the state on a 24/7 basis. Texas Fusion Center personnel include non-commissioned analytical experts and a small number of commissioned officers. Also participating in the Texas Fusion Center are personnel from various other law enforcement and public safety agencies, such as Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Air and Army National Guard. ICT analysts also work at other regional fusion and intelligence centers located throughout Texas.

ICT also oversees security at DPS headquarters and the Texas Capitol Complex, a 46 square block area in downtown Austin. The Capitol Complex includes the State Capitol, state office buildings, parking lots and garages, and private office buildings. Security at the Capitol Complex is the responsibility of ICT's Capitol District, which is charged with protecting State property and buildings, and providing a safe environment for State officials, employees, and the general public. The Capitol District provides total police service within the Capitol Complex, including traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, and criminal investigations.

Texas Rangers

Arguably the most well-known division of the DPS is the Texas Rangers
Texas Ranger Division
The Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers, is a law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in Texas, and is based in Austin, Texas...

. Rangers are responsible for state-level criminal investigation, among other duties.
Texas Rangers consists of over 140 rangers.

Organization

The governing body of the Department of Public Safety is a five member Public Safety Commission, with all members being appointed by the Governor of Texas
Governor of Texas
The governor of Texas is the head of the executive branch of Texas's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Texas Legislature, and to convene the legislature...

. The Commission is responsible for appointing the Director of the Department. The Director is assisted in managing the Department by two Deputy Directors and several Division Directors. Most Division report to the Director through one of the two Deputy Directors, however, the Texas Rangers Division, the Emergency Management Division and the Legal Affairs Division all report directly to the Director.

The Commission also appoints an Inspector General, who is independent of the Director, to act as a general auditor and inspector for the Department.
  • Texas Public Safety Commission
    • Director
      • Deputy Director - Law Enforcement Operations
        • Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division
        • Texas Highway Patrol Division
        • Criminal Investigations Division
      • Deputy Director - Services
        • Law Enforcement Support Division
        • Administration Division
        • Regulatory Services Division
        • Driver License Division
        • Finance Division
        • Information Technology Division
      • Texas Rangers Division
      • Emergency Management Division
      • Legal Affairs Division
    • Inspector General

See also

  • List of law enforcement agencies in Texas
  • Department of Public Safety
    Department of Public Safety
    The Department of Public Safety , also called an Office of Public Safety, is a state or local government umbrella agency in the United States which serves to assist the certain agencies in their services by providing administrative, financial, and technical services and support for core public...

  • Administrative License Revocation
    Administrative License Revocation
    License suspension or revocation traditionally follows conviction for alcohol-impaired or drunk driving. However, under administrative license suspension laws, sometimes called administrative license revocation or administrative per se, licenses are confiscated and automatically suspended...



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