Statement released September 10, 2014 by the Texas Department of Public Safety
Statement by DPS Director McCraw on 9/11 Anniversary
AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:
“Thirteen years after the senseless attacks of 9/11, we remember the 3,000 Americans who lost their lives, and their families and loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers. On this anniversary, we remember the countless individuals – first responders, colleagues and everyday citizens – who selflessly risked their own lives to help others that fateful day. We also recognize all the members of the U.S. Military, who have committed their lives to protect this country – at home and around the world.
“Because Texas faces the full spectrum of man made and natural threats, this anniversary stands as a reminder to stay vigilant. Our law enforcement partners work non-stop to help ensure public safety and protect homeland security, and we urge Texans to assist those efforts by reporting any suspicious or criminal activities they witness.”
Preparations for terrorist attacks are often seen but rarely reported. Texans who see something unusual are urged to speak up. When in doubt, report suspicious activity to a local law enforcement agency (by calling 9-1-1) or through iWATCH, which is a DPS website where citizen-sourced information is collected in an effort to help thwart illegal and terroristic endeavors. For more information on the iWATCH program or to submit a report, visit www.iwatchtx.org.
You can also report suspicious or illegal activity to the iWATCH program, using the new DPS mobile app. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).