The Department of Public Safety has released the 2013 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview. DPS Director Steven McCraw highlighted the key findings in the report this week at the 2013 Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio.
The report is a state intelligence estimate that offers a review of current public safety threats to Texas.
"DPS relies on an arsenal of tools to combat the myriad public safety and homeland security threats facing our state, ranging from natural disasters to organized crime and cyber attacks," said DPS Director McCraw. "It is paramount that DPS and our law enforcement partners be prepared when the unthinkable happens, and this assessment specifically identifies the most significant threats that we must contend with."
The report also details the state's systematic approach to detecting, assessing and prioritizing public safely threats within seven separate categories:
- Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Natural Disasters
- Public Health Threats
- Industrial Accidents
- Cyber Threats
The report identifies Mexican drug cartels as posing as the most significant organized crime threat to the state.
"The impact of cartel crime is painfully obvious when we look to our neighbors in Mexico, with some 60,000 deaths since 2006 and continued cases of brutal torture," said Director McCraw. "It is a top DPS priority to severely obstruct the range and power of Mexican drug organizations to affect the public safety of Texas citizens."
In addition statewide prison gangs pose the second most significant organized crime threat in Texas. Criminal aliens, who might not be affiliated with cartels and gangs, also pose a threat. Most recently, terrorism has become disaggregate with individuals and would-be terrorists acting alone engages in jihad.