Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Public Safety

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March 22, 2011 - Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte - Author of SB 24; Anti-Human Trafficking Act


March 23, 2011 - Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson - Author of HB 7; Anti-Human Trafficking Act


September 27, 2010 - Captain Clete Buckaloo - Director of Law Enforcement, Attorney Gerenal


June 3, 2009 - Harold L. Hurtt - Houston Police Chief

The Lone Star State has been abundantly blessed with a dedicated group of individuals working together to protect Texans from those who would do them harm. From the sheriffs of our large counties and small towns, to the big-city officers walking the beat in our major metropolitan areas, Texas' law enforcement community is constantly laboring to keep the public safe.

Texas must do everything possible to ensure these brave men and women have the support and tools necessary to continue doing their jobs as well as they are able, and should know the gratitude of 24 million Texans rides with them on the job every single day.

Action Items

»  Gov. Perry announced nearly $800,00 in grants to combat human trafficking.
»  Gov. Rick Perry announced initiatives to increase the monitoring and punishment of the most dangerous sex offenders, building on the success of recent initiatives like the Texas Ten Most Wanted Sex Offender list. Click here to see the list of the governor's initiatives.

News & Announcements

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Australia Hostage Crisis
    "The people of Texas, and Americans around the world, are praying for the victims of the hostage crisis in Australia and their loved ones. Americans know the steady resolve of our friends in Australia because our armed forces have served side by side in conflicts against the world's evils for nearly 100 years, and closely in the fight against terrorism. Today is a reminder of why evil must be confronted and why the U.S. and its allies must focus on how to destroy evil militarily, politically and ideologically around the world."
  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Recommends Guidelines for Health Care Workers Returning from Ebola-Endemic Areas
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response has recommended guidelines for the monitoring of health care workers and others returning to Texas from Ebola-endemic areas in West Africa. The governor has directed Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey to begin implementing these recommendations.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Welcomes Health Care Hero Back Home to Texas
    Early this morning, a nurse who has been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone returned home to Texas. While she currently shows no signs of the disease, her job in West Africa places her at "some" risk by CDC protocols. Upon her arrival at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, she was met by Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Friday, October 24, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Nina Pham Being Declared Ebola-Free
    "News that Ms. Pham is free of the Ebola virus is certainly reason to celebrate and I ask all Texans to join me in wishing her a full and speedy recovery. We thank her for her heroism and selflessness in the battle against Ebola. Rest assured, Texas will not let our guard down in doing everything necessary to protect our state and our citizens from this dangerous disease."
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Holds First Public Hearing on Medical, Public Health Preparedness
    Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Holds First Public Hearing
    The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, under the direction of Dr. Brett P. Giroir, today held its first public hearing at the State Capitol. The hearing focused on preparedness for initial identification and isolation of patients - one of seven areas of concentration for the Task Force - and included invited testimony from witnesses representing professions and institutions involved in disease identification and response.