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DPS Director Steve McCraw Issues Immigration Marching Orders
Since Nov. 4, DPS troopers "have an obligation" to work with ICE, Border Patrol
"...something?" the caller asked. "Doing an article, um, about DPS and the Border Patrol?" The person said they were..."

July 7, 2017 News Feature by Debbie Nathan

DPS Pulls Back on Forensics Charges
Decision comes one week after agency introduces new policy
"...DNA testing and alcohol, toxicology, and controlled substances analysis, DPS rescinded the proposed charges on Friday (July 28), hours..."

July 31, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Interim DPS Director Named
Highway Patrol Major Stan Clark succeeds Davis, at least for now
"...a scathing Sunset Review of the department and the DPS's failure to protect the Governor's Mansion from arson. Today,..."

Aug. 15, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

Oops! DPS Can't Afford Voter ID
Agency lacks budget to replace ID card printers
"...division, has testified that dozens of counties have no DPS license office because the agency can’t afford to replace..."

Jan. 25, 2011 News Post by Lee Nichols

Dumb Criminals No Match for DPS Narcs
How many drug runners does it take to get caught by the DPS?
"...incompetence in the haulers. Really. We love the pictures DPS regularly provides for these busts, but mostly because we're..."

Sept. 12, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

"Not the Finest Moment for the DPS"
Investigator blames inadequate and poorly trained security staffing, malfunctioning equipment for security breach
"...before the Texas Public Safety Commission, which oversees the DPS...."

June 19, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

Court Halts New DPS License Rules
Travis Co. judge says agency overstepped rule-making authority
"...The Public Safety Commission, which oversees DPS, last year devised a new rule that requires non-U.S...."

April 13, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

DPS Troopers Score Big in 2006
"...photos! "Our troopers are highly trained in drug interdiction," DPS Highway Patrol Chief Randall K. Elliston said. The record-setting..."

May 31, 2007 News Post by Jordan Smith

DPS Troopers Push Undocumented Immigrants Into a Deportation Pipeline
Spike in traffic stops raises concerns about racial profiling, faulty record keeping, and the damage done to families
"...no one knows how many people are being affected. DPS's system for counting the detainees is grossly flawed and..."

June 2, 2017 News Feature by Debbie Nathan

How DPS's Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy
Rio Grande City sees a marked decline in sales and tourism
"...his desk, Vera rails against the myriad ways that DPS has made local folks' lives miserable, and maybe has..."

Oct. 6, 2017 News Feature by Debbie Nathan

DPS Documents: More Questions About Killer-D Manhunt
The back story of the hunt for the House Democrats gets more and more intriguing.
"...return to duty station." According to published reports, several DPS narcotics officers joined North on that fool's errand, and..."

June 13, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

DPS Slapped in 'Troopergate' Verdict
Jury finds that agency rigged a 2001 promotional exam to favor good ol' boys
"...Public Safety, in a 2-year-old case brought by 16 DPS lieutenants. The jury found that DPS rigged a promotional..."

Dec. 24, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

DPS Releases Poopgate Docs
Emails do little to prove security threat
"...It seems Texas DPS is SOL in its efforts to back up allegations..."

Aug. 30, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The DPS Throne and the Power Behind It
"...appointed by the governor, has final say, traditionally the DPS directorship rotates between the two divisions -- suits one..."

Nov. 21, 2003 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Report Details DPS Failures in Fire Case
Lack of training, staff shortages among DPS' shortcomings
"...The memo, from Sgt. Michael A. Escalante of the DPS' Narcotics Service – and a former member of George..."

Aug. 1, 2008 News Feature by Lee Nichols

DPS Turns to Secret Service for Security Advice
Mansion fire not the 'finest moment' for DPS
"...The testimony came from DPS Sgt. Michael Escalante, a former chief of mansion security..."

June 27, 2008 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Weed Watch: DPS Says Drug Seizures Up
Troopers collect $160 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana, department reports
"...the seized booty is worth a cool $160 million, DPS reports. "Our troopers, who are trained to be on..."

June 16, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Hiding Behind Homeland Security Act, DPS Sues AG
Revealing camera locations would compromise security, troopers argue
"...Observer Executive Editor Jake Bernstein filed the request with DPS, seeking video footage captured by cameras in the hallway..."

Sept. 23, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

DPS to Charge for Forensic Work
Policy to go into effect on Sept. 1
"...The Lege stays at it. Thanks to Rider 58..."

July 28, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

DPS to Audit Austin Rape Case Clearance
APD chief asks for review of cases that aren't really solved
"...APD processes and clears sexual assault cases. Run by DPS's Uniform Crime Reporting program, the audit intends to ensure..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

DPS Cocaine Dealer Sent to the Slammer
Crime lab analyst one of four imprisoned for stealing seized cocaine by swapping it for look-a-like blocks.
"...from the agency's Jersey City facility. Hinojosa worked for DPS for nearly five years and spent several of them..."

Feb. 18, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Vehemently Against DPS Surcharges
"...painfully aware of a new program instituted by the DPS: The "Conviction Surcharge/Driver Responsibility Program." Using this new authority,..."

June 22, 2006 Postmarks

About That DPS Cutback
So, when can you get your license these days?
"...On June 5, with little notice, the DPS abruptly instituted shorter office hours at 11 offices in..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

DPS Digs Dope in East Texas
DPS officers kick off month with two big pot busts
"...Out in Navarro Co., DPS officers on Sept. 3 discovered an outdoor grow operation..."

Sept. 8, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

DPS Withholds Krusee Arrest Vid
AG agrees that releasing tape may endanger prosecution
"...In a letter sent yesterday, Abbott agreed to the DPS request under section 552.108(a)(1) of the Texas Government Code,..."

May 21, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

What the DPS Doesn't Want You to See
Why does it insist it can't release video footage of a Capitol hallway to The Texas Observer? We can only imagine.
"...have been a simple open-records request soon escalated after DPS refused to provide the video, claiming its release would..."

Nov. 9, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

With DPS, What Happened to the PS?
"...was also flat. Luckily (or so they thought), a DPS vehicle pulled up and asked why they were stopped..."

Sept. 25, 2006 Postmarks

Davis Out as DPS Leader
Department reviews, mansion fire likely reasons for Davis' departure
"...Col. Tommy Davis has resigned as leader of the DPS...."

July 11, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

Media Clips
The Austin American-Statesman accuses the Texas Department of Public Safety of witholding public information on the Waco siege; KOOP founder Jim Ellinger gets shut out of the radio station's building.
"...a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that was filed last month in Travis County District..."

Oct. 29, 1999 News Column by Lee Nichols

Fun and Games With Stratfor
APD and DPS collaborated with private 'geopolitical intelligence firm'
"...and the Texas Department of Pub­lic Safety, concerning the DPS surveillance of Occupy Austin. (See "Strange Bedfel­lows," Feb. 3,..."

March 7, 2014 News Feature by John Anderson

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