Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center

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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Twister!
Film showing the importance of municipal emergency planning by recreating the events leading up to and fo...
Tornadoes: A Spotter’s Guide (1977)
Training film about how to properly identity tornadoes and tornado-producing storm systems
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 Texas City Disaster (1947)
DPS film chronicling the Texas City explosion as well as official rescue and relief efforts
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...
The Drunk Driving Test
Race car drivers demonstrate the effects of alcohol on their driving skills
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 - 1/4 Century Club (1964)
Colonel Homer Garrison Jr. welcomes DPS officers to the Quarter Century Club at its eighth annual meeting
Target Austin
Cold War propaganda film produced by Austin’s KTBC that presents the scenario of a nuclear missile strike...
Survival Shooting Techniques (1979)
Texas DPS training film created to teach law enforcement officers proper gun-fighting techniques.
Survival Shooting Techniques (1979) (Restoration)
Texas DPS training film created to teach law enforcement officers proper gun-fighting techniques
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...
No Chance (1973)
Dramatic film based on DPS case files follows a group of Texas lawmen as they bring down an illegal gambl...
No Chance (1973) (Restoration)
Dramatic film based on DPS case files follows a group of Texas lawmen as they bring down an illegal gambl...
Mission Possible - Bike Safety
Imitating an episode of “Mission Impossible,” this educational video was used to teach children about bic...
It Happened in Texas
Film highlighting the damage wrought by Hurricane Beulah, as well as the impressive relief efforts that w...
Identification of Fraudulent Checks
Narrative film that reveals the steps taken by Texas law enforcement to bring a criminal to justice
Hurricane Decision
Film providing a glimpse into efforts by the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center to tr...
Hurricane Carla Aftermath, no. 2
Mostly residential footage of damage from Hurricane Carla
Hurricane Carla Aftermath, no. 1
Footage of damage from 1961 Hurricane Carla including scenes from Port Lavaca and Galveston
Houston Drug Raids (1970)
Silent footage from 1970 of a series of arrests organized by the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Di...
Homicide Investigation
A murder mystery that provides a look into the procedures used by the TX DPS in homicide investigations
Highway Patrolmen in the Making
Silent film provides a look into the training of those destined to become Texas Highway Patrol officers
Flow Facts
Film where an officer with the TX DPS explains the best rules for vehicular safety
Eisenhower Visits Texas - DPS at the Falcon Dam Dedication, 1953
Silent footage of President Eisenhower's stay in the Rio Grande Valley
DPS Talent Show (1962)
Performances from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s talent show, including individuals in blackface
Criminal Interrogation
A Texas Department of Public Safety produced police training film demonstrating a number of different int...
Criminal Identification (1951)
A silent tour through the Texas Department of Public Safety’s crime lab
Courtesy Service Protection
Film demonstrating the ways in which the TX DPS strives to live up to its motto, "Courtesy Service Protec...
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
Aftermath of Hurricane Celia - August 3, 1970
TX DPS film documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Celia in Corpus Christi