State and local leaders attend ribbon cutting ceremony
LUBBOCK – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today was joined by State Sen. Robert Duncan, State Rep. John Frullo and State Rep. Charles Perry for the grand opening ceremony at the new DPS Region 5 Headquarters in Lubbock. The facility includes a new DPS Crime Lab and Driver License Office, both of which feature state-of-the-art updates and increased square footage.
“This new DPS Region 5 Headquarters is the culmination of the tireless efforts of the Texas Legislature, Lubbock community and the men and women of DPS,” said Director McCraw. “The additional space and innovative technology at the new Lubbock Driver License Office and DPS Crime Lab will enhance our ability to deliver the quality of service Texans deserve, and to provide our area law enforcement partners with the necessary resources to fight crime and obtain justice.”
“For nearly 80 years, the Department of Public Safety has been dedicated to safeguarding and serving our citizens,” said Sen. Duncan. “With the opening of this much needed and expanded office, including a crime lab and driver license office, the Texas Legislature was able to help DPS improve the level of service and protection Texans expect.”
The Texas Legislature authorized funding for the construction of the three-building facility to replace the previous office constructed in 1973. The new complex, which serves as the area headquarters for the 71 counties of Region 5, totals approximately 105,000 square feet and accommodates 150 employees.
The 18,500 square-foot DPS Crime Lab is four-times larger than the original and features drug/blood alcohol analysis and DNA testing. The new lab offers expanded areas for DNA and drug testing, search rooms for isolating evidence in DNA and trace evidence cases, a bay for processing vehicles and an indoor firing range. The lab also includes six new personnel positions, and additional space to accommodate future growth and expanded services.
The new Lubbock Driver License Office features four additional customer service stations, for a total of 10, and new technology to help employees more efficiently serve customers. An innovative queuing system offers customers the convenient option to reserve a spot in line before arriving at the office.
“Our communities depend on the Texas Department of Public Safety to protect and serve this great state. It is exciting to see the completion of this new complex, which will help ensure the agency is well-equipped to serve this region for decades to come,” said Rep. John Frullo.
“Located in the heart of the Texas plains, this new office represents a great investment in the communities and families of this entire region,” said Rep. Charles Perry. “This expanded facility is a prime example of the state’s continued dedication to combatting crime and ensuring public safety.”
Local leaders and members of the Texas Public Safety Commission were also in attendance at today’s ceremony.
The Region 5 Headquarters is located at 1404 Lubbock Business Park Blvd., Lubbock, TX 79403. For more information about the driver license services or to get “in line” online before visiting this office: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.asp
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