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Historical Museum and Research Center

The Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center was established to preserve the history, evolution, and development of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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The purpose of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Historical Museum and Research Center  is to educate the community concerning the roles, functions, and contributions of the organization; provide means for the law enforcement agency and the community to foster better relations through positive interaction; and promote an understanding of police work that will increase the general public's awareness of this work, support departmental recruitment efforts, and strengthen pride in law enforcement activities and accomplishments.

We are recognized and approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Our Board of Directors consists of all the retired Directors of the Department, as well as active and retired DPS personnel.

In 1935, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Department of Public Safety by consolidating the Texas Highway Motor Patrol from the Texas Highway Department with the Texas Rangers from the Adjutant General's Office.

The headquarters was established at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas and in the mid-1950's, the Department moved to its permanent facilities on North Lamar Boulevard and Koenig Lane in Austin.


During its sixty plus years as the state law enforcement arm, the Department has had many additional responsibilities including regulatory, criminal investigative, motorcycle and concealed handgun training, commercial driver licensing, and coordination of human resources for natural as well as man-made disasters added to its long list of accomplishments.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is known nationally and internationally as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in existence today.

It has long been the hope of many that a means of preserving the proud heritage and history of the Department of Public Safety could be found.  However, monetary restrictions and lack of time to devote to such an effort were always realities which stood in the way of such an undertaking.  In October 1994, several retired and active employees realized that much historical documentation, material and personal knowledge of the Department was fast disappearing.  As personnel left the Department, retired, moved to other areas or died, historical events as well as the momentos of their contributions to the Department of Public Safety were being lost.

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In an effort to preserve and maintain this important legacy for those who have devoted their lives to law enforcement and public service, as well as those who may choose to do so in the future, this small group of retired DPS employees with a strong commitment to this end, formed the Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center.  Incorporated as a non-profit corporation, the DPS Historical Museum and Research Center has subsequently been certified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has received federal and state franchise tax exemptions.

The DPS Historical Museum and Research Center will be one of a kind in the state and will provide a facility with a view into the past as well as a place to research the cause and effect of crime upon citizens of the future.

The goal of the organization is to raise funds to establish a museum and research dedicated not only to DPS personnel but to all law enforcement personnel.  The museum will encompass the following:


To attain this goal, a fund-raising effort is now underway.  You may become of part of this effort by making a contribution to and/or becoming a member of the DPS Historical Museum and Research Center.

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Museum contribution categories include:

 Anyone becoming a member of the Founder's, Patron's, Executive's, or President's Club will automatically be issued a Life membership in the Museum.  Anyone becoming a member of the Insider's Club will automatically be issued an annual membership in the Museum.  Pledges are encouraged from anyone desiring to make donations over a period of time.

All contributions will be acknowledged at the time of receipt and appropriate club membership certificates issued when the level of payment for that club is attained.

The Texas DPS Historical Museum and Research Center is an IRS certified non-profit 501(c)3 organization and a member of the Austin Better Business Bureau.   All contributions will be gratefully accepted and will qualify for a tax deduction to the extent allowed by law.  NO TELEPHONE SOLICITATIONS WILL EVER BE MADE AND 100 PERCENT OF ALL FUNDS RECEIVED ARE USED FOR THE DIRECT SUPPORT OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER.

The museum will accept endowments and items willed to it;  however, the museum does retain the right to reject any such items which are not suitable for its purposes.

Memorials may be made in memory of an individual and will be recognized by a letter to the donor with a copy to the honoree's family.

Please address correspondence to:
Barbara Hinesley

Executive Director
Texas DPS Historical Museum
PO Box 141603
Austin, TX 78714-1603
Telephone:  (512) 459-4046

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