Category Archives: Articles of Interest

CR – Consumer Reports(TM): Getting Help After Harvey

We are all saddened by the tragic events in Texas surrounding Hurricane Harvey. Our experts here at Consumer Reports wanted to share some information that might be helpful to you or anyone you may know affected by the storm. We realize that for many, rebuilding and recovery represents a long road ahead, and we hope […]

Law signed making attacks on police in Texas a hate crime

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last week gave his approval to the Police Protection Act which ups the penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers. The measure, HB 2908, was proposed by Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, and passed the legislature with only one lawmaker, Rep. Jarvis Johnson, a Houston-area Democrat, voting against the bill. […]

DPS schedules testing session for trooper candidates

The Texas Department of Public Safety is calling prospective troopers for a testing session April 4. Those interested in the career are invited to attend the event 9 a.m. April 4 at the department’s highway patrol office in Victoria at 8802 N. Navarro St. Before attending, participants should complete an online application at and […]

State Report Highlights Public Safety Threats to Texas

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, a state intelligence estimate that offers an assessment of the current public safety threats to Texas. “Protecting Texans from the full scope of public safety and homeland security threats is the foremost goal of DPS, and the […]

ERS: Remember to use your new pharmacy card on January 1

Your pharmacy needs to see your new ID card starting January 1 If you are an employee or retiree enrolled in HealthSelectSM of Texas or Consumer Directed HealthSelect, you should have received a new ID card to use for medical appointments and at the pharmacy. Begin showing your new ID card to your medical providers […]

DPS Launches Enhanced Traffic Enforcement for Holidays

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra caution. In an effort to protect travelers on our roadways, DPS Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. […]

DPS Offers Halloween Safety Tips for Texans

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding parents, drivers and children that Halloween can be fun without sacrificing safety. Adults and kids can avoid a variety of potential dangers by adhering to basic safety practices and using extra caution in areas where trick-or-treaters will be celebrating. “As we head into the […]

Orange trooper awarded Purple Heart from Texas DPS

A Texas Highway Patrol trooper in Orange received a Purple Heart Thursday from the Texas Public Safety Commission and Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS announced. Kimberly Ousman suffered “multiple injuries” on July 23, 2014, when she was struck while conducting a crash investigation along Interstate 10 in Orange County, according to Texas DPS. A […]

Texas troopers to ride some school buses in safety push

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some Texas troopers will give up patrol cars and instead ride school buses in a child safety effort. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the plan is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which began Monday and runs through Friday. It’s illegal in Texas to pass any school bus […]