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Texas DPS. A group selfie.

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas's primary Law Enforcement faction on ANZUSGaming is the Texas State Police. The State Police is run by State Command, and holds many departments that allow a smooth daily operation of the Texas State Police. The Texas State Police maintains a full police presence in the non-incorporated regions for the State of Texas which do not have their own law enforcement agency.

The Texas State Police are to protect and serve the Citizens of Texas. Troopers within the Texas State Police are taught to put citizens' lives before their own lives in the name of order, and the protection of Texas. This is the main objective of the Texas State Police, amongst other roles.

The Texas State Police upholds and enforces the law of Texas, and is directed by the Chief of Police, as well as any administrative orders issued by the Governor's Office, in cooperation with the Texas State Police for correct Administrative Order enforcement.

How to Join

A State Police Officer posing for a photograph.

Where to apply

Anyone wishing to apply for the Texas State Police may do so on the ANZUSGaming Official Forums. By clicking on "Recruitment" tab at the top of the forums, and then clicking on State Police you will be taken to the application page for the Texas State Police.

Please fill out and copy the template as a new topic if you wish to apply for the Texas State Police. Applications must be unique and copying someone elses application will result in your application being denied, and possibly being barred from joining the Texas State Police.

Requirements

Applicants wishing to apply must be over the age of 16. Applicants who have recently left a whitelisted faction eg. Texas State Fire & Rescue, must wait 3 days after leaving to apply for the Texas State Police. Name of Applicants must be different from your civilian name in both the first name and last name. Applicants must use the following title *Your Desired State Police Name* - TxDPS Application. For example Mort Higgins - TxDPS Application is an acceptable title. Applicants cannot be blacklisted from the Texas State Police on any character, if you are blacklisted you must successfully appeal your blacklist prior to applying to re-join the TxDPS.

After successfully joining the Texas State Police, potential employees will be required to sign a contract agreement within Roleplay.

Texas DPS Divisions

Florida Coast Guard. A group selfie.

State Command

The Texas State Police is lead by State Command, which comprises of the Police Commissioner, the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. These individuals are solely responsible for the leadership and development of the Texas State Police. The Police Commissioner is a role which is appointed by the ANZUSGaming Senior Management Team. The current Police Commissioner Paul Phantom who was appointed the role on the 2nd of June 2019, has been assisting the running of the faction since then. Paul Phantom is also a member of the ANZUSGaming SMT. The Police Commissioner is responsible for liaising with State Command, SMT and the rest of the factions within ANZUSGaming. The Police Commissioner is responsible for liaising with the State Command, SMT and the rest of ANZUSGaming and its factions.

Division Overwatch

Division Overwatch comprises of Troopers who have earn the rank of Major within the Texas State Police. These Majors in coordination with State Command assist the overwatch and smooth workings of every department within the Police. Maritime and Aviation Overwatch is half handled by the Major of Administrative Operations, and the other half by the Major of Field Operations. Majors are also responsible for ensuring their Command members are meeting the highest of standards.

The Major of Administrative Operations is Scott Schofield. Formerly the Warden of the Department of Corrections, Scott oversees and assists with any matters or concerns brought to him by Academy Command, Maritime and Aviation Command, and Department of Corrections Command. Scott Schofield was promoted to the rank of Major on the 10th of March 2022.

The Major of Field Operations Devin Shaw, prior to his promotion to Major on the 9th of April 2022, Devin was the Captain of the Florida State Police Highway Patrol. Devin assists and oversees the Bureau of Patrol, Maritime and Aviation and Highway Patrol.

The Major of Specialist Operations, Timothy Red is the overwatch of the Criminal Investigation Division and Special Weapons and Tactics. Prior to his promotion to Major on the 9th of April 2022, Timothy was the Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division, specializing in high priority investigations both into criminal matters within Florida, as well as dealing with the internal Investigation Department, Internal Affairs.

Coast Guard processing a suspect (dressed for casual Saturdays).

Bureau of Patrol

The Bureau of Patrol or just Patrol as it is commonly referred to, is the main department of which the majority of the Texas State Police resides. This department serves as the main patrol and emergency response for any incident that may occur across Texas. These Troopers are members who have transferred out of the Department of Corrections, and are fully trained Law Enforcement members. Patrol often coordinates with other departments within the Texas State Police for their Law Enforcement.

Maritime and Aviation

Maritime and Aviation was previously known as the United States Coast Guard Station #97. After merging with the Texas State Police in early 2022, members of the Coast Guard now operate under the Maritime and Aviation department within the Texas State Police.

Commonly know as MAA, Maritime and Aviation comprises two distinct areas that set them apart from other departments within the Texas State Police, Aviation and Maritime. Troopers within this department specialize in these areas, however patrol like other members of the Bureau of Patrol. Troopers within this department are issued special equipment to perform their duties as well as extensive knowledge of the water and airspace. Special equipment assigned to this department can include the Jayhawk Helicopter, Diving and Rebreather as well as SDAR's which is a rifle which can be fired underwater.

Department of Corrections

A group photo outside DOC.

The Department of Corrections or DOC is the department within the Texas State Police which operates the correctional facility which houses both inmates some of which are in for life (Commonly referred to as "Lifers" which is Prisoners who have been convicted of a crime and will never be set free from prison.)

The Department restricts both inmates from escaping the Department of Corrections and is the first line of defense to prevent civilians from illegally entering DOC. DOC is considered government property, and any civilians found with any Class 3 firearm within the black circle that can be found around DOC on your map may be fired upon by the Texas State Police. The Department of Corrections is the first department that new recruits or Cadets as they are formally called within the Texas State Police start within.

The Department of Corrections has its own personal response team, the Correctional Response Team or CRT for short. This specialist team utilizes specialist tactics and equipment to assist and respond to any major incidents that may occur within the close vicinity or within the Department of Corrections. CRT is led by CRT Command who are current members of Command within the Department of Corrections.

Highway Patrol

Texas State Police's Highway Patrol is a small group of Troopers who are designated to policing highways within the State of Texas but are not restricted to these areas. Troopers within the Texas State Police Highway Patrol are equipped with specialist vehicles known as "Police Interceptors'”.

These vehicles are specialized vehicles that are built and made with speed and agility in mind. These vehicles are specially used in police pursuits where standard issued Police Vehicles would not be able to keep up with other vehicles on the road usually used to commit crime.

These Troopers are the best of the best drivers and are the main pursuit drivers of the State Police. These Troopers have priority over leading high-speed pursuits, and you will usually see them chasing after high powered sports, super cars or even potentially street racers.

Special Weapons and Tactics

The Special Weapons and Tactics Team, or SWAT for short is the Texas State Police's Emergency response team. Texas State Police utilize this tactical response team to respond to situations which require specialist equipment and tactics. SWAT often responds to situations such as barricaded suspects, hostage situations and Major Crimes.

SWAT has specialist qualifications such as Breacher and Recon which allow members of the elite unit to specialize in set areas of skill. These qualifications require training and are trained by the dedicated SWAT Sergeants responsible for each qualification.

Criminal Investigation Division

A successful raid by DTU.

The Criminal Investigation Division, or simply CID as its more commonly known, is the Texas State Police's detective division assigned to investigations within the State of Texas. The detectives within CID prioritizes investigation into criminal offenses within the state and deters organized crime from gaining the upper hand on the State Police or any colleague agencies such as the Government's Department of State Affairs.

CID also includes Internal Affairs, which is a qualification that detectives within CID can gain entry to. Internal Affairs is the investigation unit for any misconduct or corruption within the Texas State Police and investigates reports, takes evidence and reviews statements to determine any disciplinary measures for Troopers in violation of rules and procedures.

Academy

Academy is the department within the Texas State Police that is responsible for the recruitment and training of new Troopers within the Texas State Police. This includes the managing and updating of the Police Roster, the acceptance or denial of applications posted on the ANZUSGaming Forums, as well as providing important administrative help to those who require it.

The Troopers within this department are also responsible for any paperwork or administrative duties that the Police Force does, such as training or promotion reports.

Texas Rangers

Composed of members of the Development Team, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) & Senior Management Team. This department deals assists with both the Criminal Investigation Division and Special Weapons and Tactics in the stopping of Crime and Drugs within Texas.

This department is invite-only, and only members of the above listed groups may join this department. This department has its own ranking structure separate from the one used by the Texas State Police; however, it falls under Leadership of DHS Command and the Police State Command.

Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents serve a crucial role in securing a nation's borders. Their primary responsibility is to monitor and protect the borders, preventing illegal entry and trafficking of goods and individuals. They patrol the border areas, employing a combination of surveillance, intelligence gathering, and enforcement tactics to detect and apprehend unauthorized border crossings. Additionally, Border Patrol agents work to uphold immigration laws, facilitate legal crossings, and collaborate with other law enforcement agencies to maintain national security and public safety.

Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a vital agency responsible for safeguarding a nation's borders and facilitating lawful trade and travel. CBP officers play a multifaceted role, overseeing the inspection of goods, individuals, and conveyances entering the country. They enforce a wide range of laws and regulations, including customs, immigration, agriculture, and trade laws, to ensure compliance and protect national security. CBP officers operate at ports of entry, airports, and land border crossings, conducting inspections, verifying documentation, and detecting and interdicting illicit activities such as smuggling, trafficking, and terrorism. Through their efforts, CBP maintains the integrity of the nation's borders while facilitating the flow of legitimate commerce and travel.

A.T.F

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a federal law enforcement agency tasked with enforcing laws related to the possession, trafficking, and use of firearms, explosives, alcohol, and tobacco products in the United States. ATF agents investigate crimes such as illegal firearms trafficking, arson, bombings, and the illegal manufacture and distribution of alcohol and tobacco products. They work to prevent violent crime and protect public safety by regulating the firearms industry, conducting firearms tracing, and collaborating with other law enforcement agencies to combat criminal activities involving weapons and explosives. Additionally, ATF agents provide training and technical expertise to local and state law enforcement partners, support regulatory compliance, and educate the public on firearm safety and regulations.

Texas DPS Rank Structure

Chain of Command

[State Command] - Commissioner - Chief of Police - Deputy Chief of Police

[Division Overwatch] - Major

[Department Command] - Captain - Lieutenant

[Supervisors] - Sergeant - Corporal

[texas State Police Personnel] - Senior Trooper - Trooper - Probationary Trooper - Cadet


Command

Commanding Officers within the Texas State Police consist of Troopers who have reached the rank of Lieutenant and above. These Troopers have the responsibility of ensuring their departments and the members within their department are operating within their operating procedures and to make sure their departments are operating smoothly. Command members must be 16+ in order to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Command also includes Troopers of the rank of Captain.

A Captain's duties include but are not limited to ensuring good working cooperation with other departments within the Florida State Police, ensuring their Command is leading the department and updating any critical operating procedures specific to their department.

Supervisors

Supervisors within the Texas State Police consists of Troopers who are the rank of Sergeant and Corporal. Corporals within the Texas State police are members of the Junior Supervisory Team. Supervisors are the very first line in the chain of Command, that may be requested both while on duty, and for any questions in regard to your department or operating procedures outside of active duty.

Any issues that may require a supervisor, the first point of contact is a Corporal.

Texas Department of Public Safety M.D.T

The MDT is a crucial tool for the police to do their job and properly document all arrests and tickets. All Officers when hired will be given access to the MDT to document all their arrests and tickets that have been given during the shift. The MDT also offers many different things to help officers such as, BOLO’S, Warrants, person lookup, and DMV search to check vehicles license plates. Below you will see the different pages the MDT offers.

MDT Home

The MDT home is the main page you will open up the MDT too, Here you will be able to see active BOLO’s, ten codes, monthly reports ( All reports that are input into the system will automatically get tracked under your name.), active Law Enforcement that are on-duty, and the current watch commander if you are of high enough rank in the Police force you will be eligible to take the position of watch commander.

Persons Lookup

One of many features that the MDT offers is persons lookup, this feature allows you to look up a person by their name and see any past convictions, licenses they currently possess, vehicles that are owned and registered by said person, and any active employment within the state of Texas.

DMV Lookup

Another feature of the MDT is DMV lookup which allows you to search up any license plate. Running a license plate will show you who the vehicle is owned by, if its insured, If the vehicle is currently impounded, and if the vehicle has any strikes against it (Strikes are when i vehicle has been seized by the police, when a vehicle is seized more than 3 times the vehicle will be seized and destroyed.

Texas Asset View

The asset view tab will allow you to look up any person and view all their properties that they currently possess in the state of Texas.

MDT Documents

The documents feature is a very crucial part of the MDT, this is where officers of DPS will document all arrest reports, citation reports, as well as see current standing orders with the DPS, and a folder containing documents for their specified department.

MDT Intelligence

The MDT intelligence tab allows you to do many things. Some of these features are warrants. Warrants allow you to put in an active warrant on a citizen. If you are the required rank, you will also be able to delete any active warrants that aren't valid. Some of the other features include creating a BOLO, seeing the current status of DOC and current detainees. The last feature of the intelligence tab is the general log, this log shows all things that are going on within the department.

Code of Laws

The code of law is a very helpful tool when it comes to knowing different crimes and violations, this tool can be used by officers to look up different felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic violations. In the top right you will notice a tab for amendments this is for any updated codes within the code of law.

Settings

The settings tab of the MDT will show you (the officer) your radar logs, as well as change your GPS prefix, start-up page, and color scheme of your MDT.



Complaints and Questions

Questions

Any questions by members of the public may be forwarded to any supervisor or command member on duty at the time. Questions specifically directed at operating procedures and policies must be followed through your specific department Command.

Complaints

Any complaints regarding corruption or misconduct must be forwarded directly to Internal Affairs, which will specifically deal with the matter privately. Internal Affairs can be contacted in-game through your phone, and on Teamspeak in the "Waiting for Internal Affairs" channel under the Texas State Police header.

If you are wishing to report a member of the Texas State Police, evidence that is current within Roleplay which requires both a go-pro and wire item, is highly suggested. However, Internal Affairs still accepts and will review statements given to them by members of the Public or members of the Texas State Police.

Credit

Photo credits to Mitchell Murphy, Paul Hamilton, and Matt Watney. Thank you again for your submissions to the Wiki Photo Competition.