Department of Public Safety celebrates 75 years - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/10

Department of Public Safety celebrates 75 years

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Seventy five years ago, the Department of Public Safety was formed. 1935 marked the first year the Texas Rangers combined with the motor officers of the State Highway Patrol.

Officers gathered on Wednesday to celebrate what DPS does for the state and to honor 12 killed in the line of duty in Region 5. It has been decades combined with many technological changes to make DPS what it is today.

"This agency is key in all of our communities, it's key for the safety of our highways, it's key for the administering our drivers license and helping keep Texas safe." says Senator Robert Duncan.

"I've been with the department 24 years, so nearly a quarter of a century in 75 years. So I'm very humble to be involved in this," says Cpl. John Gonzalez.

Motorcycle riders made a stop at the celebration on their 13 day tour of the state to mark the 75th anniversary.

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