Safety & Security
The primary role of government is to keep its citizens safe and secure.
We are reforming the state's child protective system. We’re adding more workers with better training, smarter strategies and real accountability to safeguard our children. We will also remain vigilant in protecting parental rights.
Safeguarding Students from Sexual Abuse
Texas schools are filled with some of the best teachers in the country, but unfortunately a small number of them have abused their position. Teachers who assault students will lose their license to teach. We will impose jail time and also penalize administrators who turn a blind eye to such abuse.
We are establishing higher standards that reflect respect for the sanctity of life. The butchering of unborn babies for trade on the open market is barbaric. We are criminalizing the sale or donation of baby body parts, while advancing adoption services and supporting mothers who embrace the blessing of a child’s life.
Sanctuary Cities Ban
In the 2017 legislative session, Greg Abbott signed a law that eliminates sanctuary cities in Texas. Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey. There are deadly consequences to not enforcing the law.
We support legal immigration – it’s what built America. But illegal immigration, and the criminals who conspire with the cartels, must be stopped. Texas is taking action to secure our border.
Police Protection Act
Texas will not tolerate attacks on our law enforcement officers. We are increasing penalties and making it a hate crime to target peace officers simply because of the uniform they wear.
Governor Greg Abbott has authorized a reward up to $20,000 through the Texas Crime Stoppers program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the serious injury of another.
Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to deploy additional tactical resources to support the San Antonio Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force to combat gang-related activity and the double-digit growth in violent crime in San Antonio and Bexar County.
Governor Greg Abbott announced today that his Criminal Justice Division has awarded a supplemental grant of $4.6 million to Child Advocacy Centers of Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement after a San Antonio Judge placed an injunction on Senate Bill 4, which was set to take effect on September 1st
Governor Greg Abbott Participates In White House’s 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Briefing For State Leaders
Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald J. Trump, heads of federal agencies and other Governor’s from across the country via video teleconference for the 2017 White House Hurricane Briefing.
Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the 139th annual Sheriffs' Association Training Conference and Expo in Grapevine, Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas will receive funding from the federal government in support of Operation Secure Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Governor’s Mansion will be lit blue this evening in recognition of Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) is now accepting grant applications from law enforcement agencies seeking assistance for the purchase of rifle-resistant body armor.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on Dallas law enforcement, and in honor of all peace officers across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement in Texas.