The Winning Team – Recruiting Film (1970s)

The film is a detailed documentary-style presentation about the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). It begins with a search operation for a missing boy, highlighting the coordinated efforts of the DPS, Sheriff’s Office, National Guard, and other units, demonstrating their efficiency and dedication to public safety. The story emphasizes the diverse background of DPS personnel, both male and female, from various ethnicities and geographic origins, all united by their commitment to law enforcement.

The film then shifts to explain the broad scope of the DPS’s responsibilities, including driver license testing, motor vehicle inspections, trucking industry regulation, and highway patrol. It showcases the DPS’s role in fighting crime, supporting other law enforcement agencies, and its historical roots back to the Texas Rangers. The narrative includes testimonials from DPS officers and recruits, detailing the demanding training process, the importance of human relations in policing, and the personal satisfaction derived from public service.

The latter part of the film focuses on the daily life of a DPS trooper, illustrating the routine yet impactful interactions with the public, from assisting stranded motorists to enforcing traffic laws. It concludes with an invitation to join the DPS, emphasizing the need for dedicated individuals to serve and protect the community.

We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.

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