Georgia Department of Public Safety

The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) was established in 1937 with the intention of overseeing the daily activities of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Capitol Police, and Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD).  The GSP trooper's jurisdiction resides on the state's roads. They investigate any traffic accidents as well as enforce all traffic and criminal laws to promote public safety.  Capitol Police officers are tasked with preventing and identifying criminal acts, and enforcing all traffic regulations throughout Capitol Hill. MCCD officers are comprised of five units that aid the GSP in keeping the state roads safe for the citizens of Georgia.

Commissioner Bill Hitchens is the current Chief Executive of the DPS and holds the rank of Colonel in the GSP. The Legal Services and Special Investigations units are directly assigned to Col. Hitchens for supervision. He has more than forty years of government service including the military and state law enforcement. Four years in the Marine Corps, a thirteen month stay in Vietnam, and twenty-eight years on the Georgia State Patrol are a few career highlights of his.

Georgia Department of Public Safety MCCD Divisions

The Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) consists of five units to help serve the public:

  • HOV Unit - enforces the policies of High Occupancy Lane restrictions and communications.
  • School Bus Safety Unit - handles the annual safety inspection for all of the state's 17,000 public school buses
  • Compliance Review Program/Safety Audit - a panel of twenty officers who conduct interstate and intrastate compliance reviews.
  • Size and Weight Enforcement - they operate the nineteen permanent weight/inspection stations on state roads and also provide enforcement coverage to the interstates and related by-pass routes.
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Program - five federally funded and required program areas, Driver/Vehicle Inspections, Traffic Enforcement, Compliance Reviews, Public Information and Education and Data Collection.

Contact the Georgia Department of Public Safety

P.O. Box 1456
Atlanta, Georgia 30371-1456


Main Office: (404) 624-7000

To report impaired drivers and highway emergencies - Dial *GSP on your cell phone

To report road hazards or receive traffic information - Dial *DOT on your cell phone


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