Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst charged a state Senate committee on Wednesday with examining a recent crime enforcement surge effort in the Rio Grande Valley and making recommendations on how to implement future, similar operations. He also asked it to look at how to more effectively report on white-collar crime in the area.Full Story
Steve McCraw is the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Before taking the top DPS post in July of 2009, McCraw served as Gov. Rick Perry's chief of homeland security for almost five years.
McCraw clashed with Perry over the installation of X-ray machines and metal detectors at the Capitol after a gunman fired shots on the ...
The situation in Mexico is worse now than the Colombian drug war of the 1980s and 1990s ever was, Texas Department of Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw told state lawmakers today.Full Story
The big three state leaders approved seven new security measures for the Capitol, and none of them are X-ray machines or metal detectors that the director of the top Texas police agency said are critical to keep the pink dome safe from armed intruders.Full Story
While the director of the Department of Public Safety and some state senators argue that X-ray machines and metal detectors are critical in the wake of a shooting at the Capitol, the Governor and others in the Legislature worry that a gamut of security hurdles would make the place unwelcoming to the public.Full Story
The Department of Public Safety, which is struggling financially, is planning to use $16 million of the federal stimulus dollars that Gov. Rick Perry begrudgingly accepted to plug a hole in the border security budget. The decision follows a mandate by Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus that state agencies cut 5 percent out of their budgets to meet an anticipated shortfall.Full Story