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 commissioned 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) Ranger Staff Lieutenants assigned to 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 2012, a total of 3,914 investigations resulted in 1,601 felony arrests, 194 misdemeanor arrests. The Texas Rangers executed 511 search warrants and secured 3,907 statements, including 657 confessions to various crimes. Rangers recovered stolen property valued at $1,177,846 and seized contraband valued at $36,512,438. There were 1,777 convictions for various crimes investigated that resulted in 2 death sentences, 65 life sentences and a total of 11,920 years in penitentiary time being assessed. Rangers served 319 subpoenas and 493 warrants. Rangers conducted 20 hypnosis sessions on criminal investigations.