The Real-Time Watch Center is a 24/7 unit that works with federal, state, regional, and local law enforcement and serves as the state repository for homeland security information and incident reporting. It provides real-time intelligence support to law enforcement and public safety authorities, and consolidates information and data on suspicious activities and threats from all jurisdictions and disciplines as well as the public. During emergencies or periods of increased threat, the Center may ramp up to receive and process additional information.
The Field Operations consist of analysts who work closely with DPS investigators in field offices across the state to provide assistance and analytical support for investigations.
The Intelligence and Investigative Support includes the Criminal Enterprise Intelligence Unit supporting law enforcement and criminal justice communities by providing both analytical case development, and strategic/tactical analysis to officers regarding criminal organization, including transnational gangs, drug trafficking organizations, and emerging threats.
The Texas Top Ten section, in conjunction with the DPS Criminal Investigations Division, and with funding and support from the Governor’s Office, operates the Texas Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Texas Top Ten Most Wanted Sex Offender Fugitives programs.
The Special Programs Unit has several sections that provide support to major crime investigations and special cases. The Driver License Fraud & Identity Theft section provides analytical support for various types of document fraud investigations, with particular emphasis on cases involving driver license fraud and identity theft. The Vehicle Exploitation section provides assistance for vehicle theft offenses, complex auto theft schemes, and other investigations in which a vehicle is linked to a suspect, victim, or witness (including homicide, sexual assault, bank robbery, burglary, missing persons, hit and runs, and narcotics). The Sex Offender Compliance section works with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that registered sex offenders remain in compliance with registration duties as outlined in TCCP Chapter 62.
The Missing Persons Clearinghouse, Unidentified and DNA section serves as a central repository for Texas missing persons and persons who are missing out of state but believed to be in Texas. It provides a centralized database for the exchange of information with law enforcement. It also provides case support involving endangered missing persons, kidnappings, parental abductions (including Hague cases), runaways, catastrophe victims, and Amber and Silver Alerts. In addition to providing assistance to law enforcement and medical examiners regarding unidentified persons and human remains. It also supports cases involving homicides and aggravated assaults.
The Texas Homeland Security Unit works to reduce the threat of terrorism in Texas through information, analysis, and assessments in support of proactive multi-agency efforts. It is a central point for all regional information regarding international and domestic terrorism-related issues from a variety of sources. It also supports the FBI in its counterterrorism mission where needed in Texas, working with Joint Terrorism Task Forces to aid investigations.
The Infrastructure Protection section builds and maintains partnerships with public and private sector partners to strategically manage risks to critical infrastructure in Texas. It collects and analyses critical infrastructure information, shares accurate and actionable intelligence with partners, and supports homeland security decision making.
The Financial Intelligence Team (FIT) section supports law enforcement and criminal justice communities by providing analytical and tactical case support for major crime investigations through the examination of financial records.
The Border Security Operation Center, Post Seizure Analysis Unit, Human Intelligence Team includes the Border Security Operations Center (BSOC) which is the DPS repository and coordination center for Operation BorderStar border-related intelligence and statistical information, as reported, via the Joint Intelligence Operations Centers (JOIC). This information is reviewed and disseminated to various DPS, federal, state, local law enforcement partners, through analyses, statistical reports, and the Border Operations Sector Assessment (BOSA), which is disseminated weekly to over 3,000 law enforcement and government recipients.
The Post Seizure Analysis Team (PSAT) supports DPS Troopers and CID Special Agents with in-depth intelligence analyses of significant seizures occurring in Texas. Their mission is to attempt to find connections and “deep dive” information resulting from seizures, in an effort to identify and enhance previous unknown criminal connections. PSAT analysts utilize a myriad of sophisticated databases to further efforts.
The Human Intelligence Team (HUMINT) is dedicated to gathering information and intelligence from the community to protect law enforcement and the citizens of Texas. The HUMINT Unit coordinates efforts with the Intelligence Community including federal, state, and local partners to optimize the intelligence processes for short or long-term law enforcement initiatives. The goal of the HUMINT Unit is to achieve intelligence superiority over criminal actors, organizations, and potential threats.