Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“On this day 16 years ago, terrorists launched cowardly attacks against our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives as a result of the attack, including valiant first responders. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The families and friends of those who lost loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers.

As we pause to remember the lives impacted by 9/11, we must also remember that there are still terrorists and criminals who wish to harm our communities and threaten our way of life. Texans must remain vigilant and promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities. DPS officers and our law enforcement partners willingly put their lives on the line to protect and serve all Texans, working around-the-clock to help ensure public safety and protect homeland security. We also pay tribute to United States Military personnel at home and overseas, who also risk their lives to protect this country every single day.”

Preparations for terrorist attacks are often seen but rarely reported, according to DPS. Texans should report illegal or suspicious behavior to their local authorities or iWATCH, which is a DPS website where citizen-sourced information is collected in an effort to help thwart illegal endeavors. For more information on the iWATCH program or to submit a report, visit www.iwatchtx.org.

You can also report suspicious or illegal activity to the iWATCH program using the DPS mobile app.