Specialized Units

Several units and teams in the Ranger Division are charged with handling a variety of specialized functions:

Special Operations Group
The Special Operations Group is comprised of six programs designed to effectively deal with the threats posed by criminal organizations, terrorists (both international and domestic), and the threats posed to the border region by drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s).  The Special Operations Group leverages the Department’s assets and resources to resolve critical incidents, through a task force initiative under the incident command structure.

Special Units
Special Units
Special Units

Specialized Programs

Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program
The mission of the Unsolved Crimes Investigation program is to provide Texas law enforcement agencies with a process of investigating unsolved murders or what appears to be a serial or linked criminal transaction.  Since there is no statute of limitations on the offense of murder, the state has the moral and statutory obligation to pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no other leads are viable.

Public Corruption Unit
The 81st session of the Texas Legislature passed HB2086; this bill created the Public Corruption Unit within the Texas Department of Public Safety, under the responsibility of the Texas Ranger Division.  The Texas Rangers are committed to fighting public corruption, as it relates to public officials, law enforcement officers, and others that hold a position of public trust.  Fighting corruption is vital to preserving our democracy, protecting our borders, and securing our communities.

Public Integrity Unit

Recognizing the long-standing commitment to the impartial and faithful performance of duty to protect the people of Texas, the state Legislature has entrusted the Texas Rangers with the responsibility of investigating crimes committed by elected and appointed state officials and employees.

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1690*, which created a Public Integrity Unit within the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety to investigate offenses against public administration.

Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter B-1, states the Texas Rangers may perform an initial investigation into whether a person has committed an offense against public administration. Persons subject to investigation by the Public Integrity Unit are primarily limited to individuals who are state officers or state employees. The prosecution of an offense committed before December 1, 2015, is covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.

Members of the public who would like to submit a complaint meeting the above criteria to the Texas Ranger Public Integrity Unit may call (512) 424-2160 or send an email detailing the allegation to rangers@dps.texas.gov.

Individuals may also contact their local Texas Ranger to discuss public integrity or public corruption allegations. Ranger Company Offices can be found at the following link: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/TexasRangers/fieldoperations.htm

*For the full text of the enrolled version of HB 1690, including the defined offenses, please click the following link: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB01690F.pdf