Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority

The Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority (MVCPA) has fostered a statewide cooperative network of law enforcement groups, prosecutors, insurance industry representatives, local tax assessor-collectors, and concerned citizens to combat vehicle theft and burglary through enforcement, prevention, public information, and education initiatives. In addition to providing guidance and oversight, MVCPA awards financial grants to agencies, organizations, and concerned parties in an effort to raise public awareness of vehicle theft and burglary and implement education and prevention initiatives.

Upcoming Meetings

February 21, 2023 1:00 PM – Grants Budget and Reporting (GBR) Committee Meeting (Click here to watch the meeting)

February 22, 2023 9:00 AM – MVCPA Board Meeting (Click here to watch the meeting)

MVCPA Meeting

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Established by the 72nd Texas Legislature in 1991, the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) became the first statewide effort to reduce auto theft. The 80th Legislature amended the ATPA mission in House Bill 1887 to also emphasize reducing vehicle burglaries. The resulting agency, the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), is charged with assessing automobile burglary, theft, and economic theft (burglary or theft committed for financial gain) in Texas, analyzing the methods and providing financial support to combat the problems. In 2009, the ABTPA became part of the newly established Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The name was changed to Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority in 2019.

MVCPA’s Grantees provides the following services at various events across Texas:

  • Presentations
  • VIN etching
  • Conference booths
  • News articles
  • And more.

Contact us at  for more information and to request participation in an upcoming event.

The Governor of Texas appoints six individuals to serve staggered six-year terms on the board of directors.

Board members include:

  • The executive director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, who serves ex-officio.
  • Two law enforcement representatives
  • Two consumer representatives
  • Two insurance representatives


MVCPA Board of Directors
Assistant Chief Miguel “Mike” Rodriguez Assistant Chief Miguel “Mike” Rodriguez  
Board Chair
Law Enforcement Representative
Katherine Whitehill Katherine “Kit” Whitehill  
Board Member
Consumer of Insurance Representative
Vacant Vacant  
Board Member
Consumer of Insurance Representative
Charla K. Brotherton  Charla K. Brotherton  
Fort Worth
Board Member
Insurance Representative
Patrick D. 'Dean' Smith  Patrick D. “Dean" Smith  
North Richland Hills
Board Member
Insurance Representative
Julio C. Gonzalez Julio C. Gonzalez  
Board Member
Law Enforcement Representative
Major Sharon Jones Major Sharon Jones  
Ex Officio Board Member Designee
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
November 29, 2022 - Board Meeting
June 8, 2022 - Board Meeting
June 7, 2022 - Grants, Budget and Reports Committee Meeting
  • Agenda
  • Materials
  • Video
  • Transcript
June 1, 2022 - Education and Legislative Committee Meeting
March 2, 2022 - Board Meeting
August 3, 2021 - Board Meeting
June 30, 2021 - Board Meeting
February 25, 2021 - Board Meeting
July 9, 2020 - Board Meeting
February 5, 2020 - Board Meeting
February 4, 2020 - Grants, Budget and Reports Committee
  • Agenda
  • Materials
  • Video
  • Transcript
July 11, 2019 - Board Meeting
July 10, 2019 - Grants, Budget and Reports Committee
January 10, 2019 - Board Meeting
May 23, 2018 - Board Meeting
November 14, 2017 - Board Meeting
Rules - Informal, Proposed, and Adopted

Engaging the public and stakeholders is an important element of the MVCPA rulemaking process. MVCPA provides informal and formal opportunities for the public and stakeholders to participate in the process at the links below.

Rules: Drafts for Informal Comment

  • There are no drafts for informal comment at this time.

Proposed and Adopted Rules

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More Information

For more information, please email the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority at AskMVCPA or call (512) 465-1485.