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Entry from December 20, 2007
“Courtesy, Service, Protection” (Texas Department of Public Safety motto)

"Courtesy, Service, Protection” is the motto of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The DPS website states that the DPS was created in 1935, but the motto is cited in print being used by Texas patrolmen by at least 1933.

Texas Department of Public Safety: Motto
The Department continues to uphold its motto,
“Courtesy, Service, Protection.”
When the Texas Department of Public Safety was created in 1935, the Legislature made the new agency responsible for maintaining public safety in the state of Texas. The Department works toward this goal within existing regulations and in cooperation with other agencies with mutual or related responsibilities. The DPS seeks to preserve order by protecting lives, rights, property and privileges of the residents of this state.

Texas Department of Public Safety: Mission Statement
Our Mission Statement:
The Texas Department of Public Safety is an agency of this state created to provide public safety services to those people in the state of Texas by enforcing laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public, and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.

23 December 1933, El Paso (TX) Herald-Post, “Pretty Blond Girl, 23, Gets Thrill Out of Bossing State’s 120 Stalwart Motorcycle Highway Patrolmen,” pg. 3, col. 4:
The motto of the patrolmen is “Courtesy, Service, and Protection.”

29 December 1937, Amarillo (TX) Globe, pg. 3, col. 2:
This force of trained officers patrol the highways of the Panhandle with the idea of courtesy, service and protection in mind.

27 July 1947, Abilene (TX) , pg. 2, col. 3 ad:
Monday: “Courtesy - Service - Protection”
-- Sgt. L. C. Moore

31 January 1952, Denton (TX) Record-Chronicle, pg. 8, col. 6:
Courtesy, service, and protection are the motto of highway patrolmen.

11 February 2007, Laredo (TX) Morning Times, pg. 8C, col. 1:
Officer Alvarado joined the DPS in January 1979. He has lived the department motto of “Courtesy, service, protection to the fullest.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, December 20, 2007 • Permalink