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News Release

June 16, 2016

DPS Recognizes Outstanding Employees, Texans

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented four Medals of Valor, three Purple Hearts and four Director’s Awards to current and retired employees, as well as officers from other agencies and a civilian for their exemplary service and courageous actions. The Medal of Valor is the highest award presented by the department.

“Keeping our communities safe depends on the shared efforts of law enforcement and Texas residents, and today DPS is proud to honor these outstanding individuals who truly take that sentiment to heart,” said Director McCraw. “Each of these award recipients embody what it means to protect and serve, and the state of Texas appreciates their willingness and dedication to help others.”

The following awards were presented today:

In addition to the awards above, the FBI National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Program Office presented the department with the Excellence in Information Sharing Award, which recognizes individuals and agencies for their accomplishments in information sharing. The award highlights a September 2015 incident involving DPS Intelligence and Counterterrorism analysts who were preparing to add a fugitive to the Texas 10 Most Wanted List. Before adding the fugitive to the list, the analysts searched the N-DEx system first and obtained information that ultimately led to the fugitive’s apprehension.

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