The Texas Legislature today recognized the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for its service and outstanding achievements as part of DPS Day at the State Capitol. Sen. Donna Campbell and Rep. Charlie Geren presented DPS leadership with resolutions SR 762 and HR 1800 acknowledging the department’s longtime commitment to serving and protecting Texans. Those present for this honor were Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon, DPS Director Steven McCraw, Deputy Director of Law Enforcement David Baker, Deputy Director of Services Cheryl MacBride, Regional Commander Gary Albus (DPS Region 6) and Regional Commander Jack Webster (DPS Region 1).
“DPS officers and employees serve and protect Texans every day, often putting themselves in harm's way for the public good," said Sen. Campbell. “Today I am pleased to have had the opportunity to honor their efforts on the Senate floor with a special resolution, and recognize April 29, 2013, as DPS Day at the State Capitol.”
“I greatly admire the men and women who commit their lives to helping others,” said Rep. Geren. “It was a pleasure and an honor today to recognize the tremendous work of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The department diligently protects and serves Texas year after year, and this resolution is a testament to their unwavering dedication to the people of this great state.”
As part of the special day-long event, DPS also exhibited a remarkable array of department resources and equipment on the grounds of the capitol. Highlighting DPS’ rich history, the display included a 1950s-era patrol car, along with individuals wearing vintage DPS uniforms.
Additionally, resources currently used by the department were showcased, including:
• Texas Ranger SWAT Team Lenco BearCat armored personnel carrier, which is deployed when responding to statewide critical incidents of a high-risk nature, such as hostage situations, barricaded subjects and active shooter incidents;
• Harley Davidson Road King Police Motorcycle;
• Dodge Charger patrol car;
• Bike Patrol unit, assigned to patrol the Capitol Complex in Austin.
“For nearly 200 years, our department has been committed to protecting and serving Texans, and to this day, that mission continues to guide everything we do,” said Director McCraw. “We are grateful to Sen. Campbell, Rep. Geren and the Texas Legislature for recognizing the contributions and unwavering commitment of the men and women of DPS throughout the years. This is an honor that belongs to the thousands of hardworking DPS employees, troopers, agents and Rangers – past, present and those to come.”