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      DPS checkpoints come to an end in the Valley

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      The Department of Public Safety (DPS) regulatory checkpoint initiative has officially ended, according to DPS spokesperson Sergeant Johnny Hernandez.

      DPS started the multi-agency law enforcement initiative on Sunday September 15, 2013.

      According to DPS, the checkpoints and increase of DPS patrols was initiated after various criminal activities and unsafe driving behaviors were identified in the Rio Grande Valley.

      Last month DPS director Steven McGraw said in a statement, The objective of this initiative is to increase the safety and security of the people we have sworn to protect, so the public should not be alarmed if they soon see an increased law enforcement presence in the Rio Grande Valley area.

      Since then, some Rio Grande Valley residents, including State Representative Terry Canales, questioned the purpose of the checkpoints.

      Various Facebook pages to alert Rio Grande Valley residents on the locations of the checkpoints were created.

      According to DPS director Steven McCraw, Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy led the state in the number of citations issued by DPS to drivers for no drivers license.

      DPS will release a report on the checkpoint initiative at a later time.