News Release

September 17, 2012

DPS to Showcase Past and Present Resources at Austin Museum Day

Exhibits to include patrol boat and cars, helicopter, motorcycles, SWAT and crime lab vehicles
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will showcase its history as well as its current law enforcement capabilities on Sunday, Sept. 23, as part of Austin Museum Day, which features free exhibitions and activities at participating Austin-area museums and cultural sites. The DPS Historical Museum and Research Center is sponsoring the event at DPS Headquarters (5805 N. Lamar Blvd., Building A, Austin, TX 78752) from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, which will be free and open to the public.

The DPS Historical Museum and Research Center event will highlight the department’s rich history, displaying a vintage patrol car and motorcycle, along with vintage uniforms. Additionally, equipment currently being used by the department will be showcased, including a 34-foot shallow water interceptor. These new patrol vessels, equipped with multiple .30 caliber machine guns and three 300 horsepower engines, are assigned to patrol the Texas Coast and Rio Grande River.

Other DPS displays will include the:

DPS is one of many museum venues around Austin that will open their doors free of charge for Austin Museum Day on Sunday. For a complete list of activities, please visit: http://www.austinmuseums.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/AMD2012PressRelease_Sept13.pdf.

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