Those heading to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) office for reasons such as purchasing a copy of a trooper’s accident report now must go to jail – sort of, anyway.
The DPS office recently moved from its West Pearl Street location to inside the Hood County Law Enforcement Center (LEC), at 400 Deputy Larry Miller Dr.
The office for the DPS troopers and accident records moved into the space previously occupied by Sheriff Roger Deeds and the Hood County 911 Addressing Office. Those offices moved into the Emergency Operations Center across the street, when it opened a few months ago. The DPS had been located in the LEC before, about 10 years ago.
The Hood County Jail is also in the LEC along with Chief Deputy Biff Temple, investigators and other personnel connected with the Sheriff’s Office.
The DPS driver’s license remains at 1402 W. Pearl St., where it has been for several years. Sheriff’s Office personnel have reported that an average of six to seven people per day enter the LEC in search of the driver’s license office, which used to be housed there several years ago.