What's in a name DPS?

I learned from my friend and fellow blogger Paul Kennedy that the Texas Department of Public Safety has officially changed its name for the breath alcohol testing program in Texas.  The new name - Texas Forensic Breath Alcohol Laboratory Service.  DPS also made another name change - the Technical Supervisor is now called a "Forensic Scientist."

So what else has changed in the program to warrant these changes?  Absolutely nothing.  You might wonder why they changed the name if nothing else in the program has changed.  My guess - they are trying to sound more "scientific" and therefore trying to give the program more credibility in court.

The breath testing program has had its fair share of problems.  Remember the Deetrice Wallace scandal? The HPD crime lab problems (the DWI breath testing program is part of the crime lab)?  It seems they are trying to put a new spin on an otherwise problematic department.

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