Texas Department of Public Safety

Established by the Texas Legislature on August 10, 1935, the Texas Department of Public Safety was created by the consolidation of the Texas Highway Motor Patrol with the Texas Rangers. Since that time, its duties have grown to include such activities as the state licensing of drivers, vehicle inspection, narcotics enforcement, and the State Civil Defense Office, (now the Division of Emergency Management,) which aids local governments during times of natural disaster or social upheaval. While its duties have evolved over time, the mission of the DPS has remained constant - to provide public safety services to those people in the state of Texas by enforcing laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public, and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety Takes You on a Pictorial Visit Through the Bureau of Iden...
Silent film takes viewer on a tour of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Identification an...
The Motor Vehicle Inspection Program
Film detailing the newly implemented Texas Motor Vehicle Inspection Program
The Lure of Speeding: The 55 mph Controversy
Educational film from the TX DPS on the importance of the speed limit
The Goodnight-Loving Trail (1960)
Film on the importance of highway safety and a history of Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, and the Goodn...
Category - The Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers, Company B Headquarters (1956)
This visit to Texas Rangers Company B Headquarters by Col. Homer Garrison, Jr. includes a display...
Texas Department of Public Safety Demonstrates How to Burglarize a Safe
Film showing both sides of a burglary: the methods employed by the burglar and the police techniques used...
Texas Department of Public Safety - Labor Day 1965 Holiday Safety Reminder
Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Homer Garrison, urges safe driving over the Labor Day ...
Texas Department of Public Safety - Christmas 1962 Holiday Safety Reminder - Midland Region
Leo Gossett, Commander of the Midland Region of the Texas Department of Public Safety, talks about safe h...
Texas Department of Public Safety - Christmas 1962 Holiday Safety Reminder - Northwest Region
Major Hutchison, Commander of the Northwest Region of the Texas DPS, urges safe driving during the holidays
Texas Department of Public Safety - Christmas 1962 Holiday Safety Reminder - Central Texas
Major Elliott, Commander of the Central Texas Region of the Texas DPS, talks about safe holiday driving
Texas Department of Public Safety - Christmas 1962 Holiday Safety Reminder - Northeast Region
Major Guy Smith, Commander of the Northeast Region of the Texas Department of Public Safety, talks about ...
Texas Department of Public Safety - Christmas 1962 Holiday Safety Reminder - Houston Region
This film urges drivers in the Houston region to use extra caution while traveling on the highways during...
Texas Department of Public Safety - 1/4 Century Club (1964)
Colonel Homer Garrison Jr. welcomes DPS officers to the Quarter Century Club at its eighth annual meeting
Safe Burglary Investigations
Training film made by the Texas DPS to educate law enforcement agents on safe burglaries
Rustlers Range
Film providing a detailed look at methods of crime detection and prevention used by modern day (c. 1948) ...
Padre Island
This film provides a brief history of South Padre Island and stresses the importance of driver safety bot...
Identification of Fraudulent Checks
Narrative film that reveals the steps taken by Texas law enforcement to bring a criminal to justice
Homicide Investigation
A murder mystery that provides a look into the procedures used by the TX DPS in homicide investigations
Flow Facts
Film where an officer with the TX DPS explains the best rules for vehicular safety
Driving in Wet Weather
Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman gives tips on we-weather driving and demonstrates a skid mane...
Department of Public Safety: Christmas Holidays
Homer Garrison speaks about traffic safety during the Christmas holidays
Category - Col. Homer Garrison, Jr.
Col. Homer Garrison's Home Movie Reel
Reel from the Department of Public Safety Museum collection containing Col. Homer Garrison Jr.'s personal...
Automobile Thefts - A Police Training Aid (c. 1953)
Training film produced by the National Automobile Theft Bureau and Texas DPS providing instruction on eff...
Air Defense - Houston Evacuation
Silent film clip demonstrating evacuation procedures for the citizens of Houston