Department of Public Safety

Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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State Capitol Police
3:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

DPS Launches Mounted State Capitol Patrol Ahead Of 2015 Legislative Session

The DPS Mounted Horse Patrol Unit with the Houston Police Department's mounted patrol.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

The Texas Department of Public Safety has officially launched a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds.

Much like their first use during the 2013 special session abortion rallies, the DPS is hoping the horse patrol will make troopers more visible.

The idea of having a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds was an idea first put forth by former state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands. And during 2013 special session, it was also one of first times a mounted patrol was used for crowd control during a number of high-capacity abortion rallies.

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Texas Roads
10:50 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Six Driving-Related Law Changes You Need To Know For Labor Day Weekend

Chris Eudaily TPR News

If you are about to head out of town for one last time this summer, or are just going to stick around the city on the long weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants you to know there have been some changes made to road-related laws that take effect Sept. 1.

While there is a chance that your naiveté on a few of these matters may get you off with a friendly warning, some of these infractions could cost you some serious money.

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Community Safety
10:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

DPS Begins Increased DWI Patrols, Continues Over Labor Day Weekend

State of Texas

Starting Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping up DWI patrols and the enhanced enforcement period will last through Sept. 9, which includes Labor Day weekend.

The DPS said troopers will focus patrols in high-risk areas for alcohol-related crashes.

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Community
4:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Texas Auto Theft Prevention Experts Meeting In San Antonio

Eileen Pace TPR

The state’s top auto theft detectives are meeting in San Antonio this week and have a list of tips for owners of certain vehicles.

Lt. Paul Heitzmann of the San Antonio Police Department said auto theft is a sophisticated operation these days. Thieves also are looking inside your vehicle for paperwork that can give them a chance to steal your identify.

"Auto crime is now an organized criminal activity. It is no longer just a crime of opportunity," he said. 

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West, Texas Relief
10:19 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Like Sex-Offender Registry, Dangerous Chemicals Website Would Pinpoint Plants

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, has asked that the State Marshall’s Office and Department of Public Safety work together to compile a website where people can identify dangerous chemical sites.

Col. Steve McCraw, who is with the Department of Public Safety, said currently there are 129 chemical plants in Texas that house dangerous chemicals, two just like the one in West.

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Texas Matters
1:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Whose Job Is It To Oversee Plants Like The One In West, Texas?

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: With the investigation into the West fertilizer plant explosion ongoing, the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee held a hearing to clarify who is responsible for reviewing these kinds of facilities. Also on this show: The chances that Ted Cruz makes a presidential run and the future of high-stakes testing in Texas.

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Community Safety
1:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Why Do People Drive Distracted When They Know It's Dangerous?

TTI is responsible for one of the nation’s most extensive texting-while-driving studies – one that demonstrated how texting behind the wheel doubles a driver’s reaction time.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

USAA has teamed up with Texas A&M to find out why people take their eyes off the road when they don’t have to.

The cooperative survey is an attitudinal study designed to learn what behaviors distract drivers, and why they continue to engage in distracted driving even when they know it’s dangerous.

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Government
11:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Driver's License Mega Center May Reduce Wait Times

Texas Department of Public Safety

Most of us have had or know someone who’s had the experience of standing in a long line – sometimes up to two hours – to apply for a new driver’s license or take a new photo.

Now, officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety are promising shorter lines for those and other services at their new "Mega Center" in Leon Valley, which opened on Friday, January 18.

The DPS Driver’s License Mega Center is the state’s answer to long lines in six locations, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, two in Houston, and San Antonio.

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