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Today’s Texas Rangers

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The Texas Ranger Division is a major division within the Texas Department of Public Safety with lead criminal investigative responsibility for the following: major incident crime investigations, unsolved crime/serial crime investigations, public corruption investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, and border security operations.

The Texas Ranger Division is comprised of 208 full time employees; including 150 commissioned Rangers and 58 support personnel; including administrative staff, Border Security Operations Center, Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers, and the Special Weapons and Tactics team.

The Texas Ranger Division created a Special Operations Group to be tasked with the oversight of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, Regional Special Response Teams (SRT’s), Ranger Reconnaissance Team, Crisis Negotiations Unit, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal.  The Texas Rangers currently coordinate border security operations through six (6) Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOICs) along the Texas-Mexico border and Coastal Bend area of the state.  In response to legislation, the Texas Rangers created a Public Corruption Unit and an Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program.

In 2014, a total of 3,338 investigations resulted in 1,419 felony arrests, 138 misdemeanor arrests.  The Texas Rangers executed 887 search warrants and secured 5,587 statements, including 843 confessions to various crimes.  Rangers recovered stolen property valued at $1,391,053 and seized contraband valued at $329,267.  There were 1,815 convictions for various crimes investigated that resulted in 1 death sentence, 61 life sentences and a total of 9,221 years in penitentiary time being assessed. Rangers served 235 subpoenas and 442 warrants. Rangers conducted 14 hypnosis sessions on criminal investigations.

Reference: Texas Department of Public Safety.

To learn more about Ranger Responsibilities visit the Texas DPS website via the link below.

Silver Stars & Six Guns

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The Texas Rangers
“They were men who could not be stampeded”

That’s the way the late Colonel Homer Garrison, Jr., longtime director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, once described the men who have worn the silver or gold star of the Texas Rangers, the oldest law enforcement agency in North America with statewide jurisdiction.

Rangers have a heritage that traces to the earliest days of Anglo settlement in Texas. They often have been compared to four other world-famous law enforcement agencies, the FBI, Scotland Yard, Interpol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Scores of books, from well-researched works of nonfiction to Wild West pulp novels to best-selling works of fiction, have been written about the Rangers. Over the years the Rangers have inspired numerous movies, radio shows, and television shows.

The Rangers are part of the history of the Old West, and part of its mythology. Over the years, a distinct Ranger tradition has evolved. As former Ranger Captain Bob Crowder once put it, “A Ranger is an officer who is able to handle any given situation without definite instructions from his commanding officer or higher authority. This ability must be proven before a man becomes a Ranger.”

That definition worked well more than 150 years ago and still fits today. Yet, unlike years ago, today Texas Rangers have access to modern communications, which keeps them in touch with the rest of the world. But a good horse was the only fast means of travel, and the best alibi for outlaws, in the early days of the Rangers. Despite the long history oversight of the Rangers, the term “Texas Ranger” did not appear officially in a piece of legislation until 1874.
Today’s Texas Rangers

The Texas Ranger Division is a major division within the Texas Department of Public Safety with lead criminal investigative responsibility for the following: major incident crime investigations, unsolved crime/serial crime investigations, public corruption investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, and border security operations.

The Texas Ranger Division is comprised of 213 full time employees; including 150 4commissioned Rangers and 63 support personnel; including administrative staff, Border Security Operations Center, Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers, and the Special Weapons and Tactics team.

The Texas Ranger Division created a Special Operations Group to be tasked with the oversight of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, Regional Special Response Teams (SRT’s), Ranger Reconnaissance Team, Crisis Negotiations Unit, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The Texas Rangers currently coordinate border security operations through six (6) Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers (JOICs) along the Texas-Mexico border and Coastal Bend area of the state. In response to legislation, the Texas Rangers created a Public Corruption Unit and an Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program.

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