AUSTIN, Texas — The memorial recognizes the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) officers and Texas Rangers who gave their lives to protect their fellow Texans. The memorial is a 77-foot circle of granite with an 11-foot-tall DPS trooper paying respects to a tombstone honoring the first fallen peace officer in Texas, a Ranger. The memorial will also feature three separate granite and bronze panels depicting the history of the DPS and will be engraved with a core value: Protection, Courtesy, and Service.
“This new memorial will serve as an incredible reminder of the service, sacrifice and unmatched courage of our DPS troopers,” Abbott said at the groundbreaking in April 2022. “To be a law enforcement officer is to answer a higher calling, which is why I am proud to recognize the dedication and bravery of our DPS troopers across the state and throughout history.”
The memorial will be located at the DPS Headquarters at 5805 North Lamar Blvd. in Austin. The construction start ceremony will be held Thursday March 2, 2023 (Texas Independence Day) at 10 a.m.