On September 1, 1991, the Texas Legislature transferred all duties and responsibilities of the Capitol Security Police Division of the State Purchasing and General Services Commission to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Today, the Capitol Complex, Region VII Headquarters is led by a Regional Commander who reports to the Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Operations for the Department of Public Safety.
The Capitol Complex encompasses a 46 square-block area in downtown Austin. The Capitol Complex is bounded on the south by 10th Street, on the north by Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the east by Trinity Street, and on the west by Lavaca Street, to include the William P. Clements State office building. The Director of the Department may also designate other State office facilities within Austin to fall under the control of Region VII. The Capitol Complex includes the State Capitol and grounds, Capitol Extension, State office buildings, State parking lots and garages, and private office buildings and businesses.
Region VII has commissioned and non-commissioned personnel to administer the various law enforcement, security, and administrative programs required. Capitol Complex personnel are assigned to "Details" responsible for operations conducted 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week. A Captain commands each respective Detail.
The Administration function falls under the direction of the Region VII Regional Commander. Under this section, there is a Major who oversees Texas Highway Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division programs for Region VII, and a Crime Victim's Liaison, who assists victims of crime in the Capitol Complex.
A Statewide Security Director oversees the day-to-day Security Programs’ operation of Region VII and six other Regional offices Statewide, to include Security Access, Parking Administration and Enforcement, and a Locksmith function.
Capitol Detail - 7A
The Capitol Detail is charged with providing police and security functions for the Capitol Building and grounds, Capitol Extension, Capitol Visitors Center, and the Texas Judicial Complex that consists of the Supreme Court Building, Price Daniels Building, and Tom C. Clark Building. Troopers and security personnel duties include police and security patrol, traffic supervision around the Capitol Building, dignitary protection for visiting dignitaries, monitoring of surveillance cameras and equipment, and operation of X-ray and metal detection equipment.
Patrol & Security Operations Detail - 7B
The Patrol and Security Operations Detail provides general patrol and security duties within the Capitol Complex. Duties include police traffic supervision and enforcement, accident/crash investigation, and security escorts. Specialized programs include a K-9 Unit, Bicycle Unit, Motorcycle Unit, and a Mounted Horse Patrol Unit.
This Detail is also in charge of the commissioned and non-commissioned personnel who perform security duties at the DPS Headquarters’ Complex in Austin.
Criminal Investigations Division Detail - 7C
The Criminal Investigations Division Detail provides specialized police and administrative functions. These services include criminal investigations, vulnerability assessments to mitigate risks and threats to State property, and coordination of information and intelligence that could impact the security and safety of the Capitol Complex.
Personnel assigned to this Detail also provide evidence and property control and conduct threat assessments for State officials or facilities as needed.
Region VII, from time to time, must deal with large crowds who visit the Capitol Complex on a variety of issues. In response to these situations, a Civil Disturbance Management Team stands ready to deal with crowd control. These Troopers are trained in the use of special techniques and equipment to effectively and safely deal with large crowds, rallies, and demonstrations.