A full-time Forensic Artist position has been a staple of the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) since the late 1980s. In 2000, the position of the TXDPS Forensic Artist was transferred to the Texas Rangers Division. Due to the consistent and heavy caseload of high-profile, felonious investigations, large jurisdiction, and increasing number of “cold case” investigative possibilities being re-visited, the office of the Texas Ranger Forensic Artist was later expanded to employ two full-time artists. Being that the Texas Rangers are a Division on which other investigative entities across the state rely for support, the Texas Ranger Forensic Artists often operate within a multi-agency network to support complex investigations. They assist city, county, state, federal, and military law enforcement agencies across the state, often traveling within the course of their duties.
The Forensic Artists assist investigators by developing a variety of evidential artwork for criminal investigations, to include the following:
The Forensic Artists may continue to support these investigations through adjudication by offering testimony and Expert Witness status to prosecutorial cases. Further, their responsibilities include education to students, medico-legal, and Law Enforcement personnel regarding the procedures and possibilities of Forensic Art as a tool in an investigation.
In addition to other responsibilities, the Forensic Artists work in tandem with the TXDPS Missing Persons Clearinghouse, and the Unidentified Persons and DNA Unit. To view open cases involving the work of both of these Divisions, please go to the following link: http://www.dps.texas.gov/mpch/
(Note: Not all the forensic art images featured on the website are products of the Texas Ranger Forensic Artists.)
The Forensic Artists can be reached by telephone at:
(512) 424-2160 Main Office Line
(512) 424-5609 Forensic Artist Suzanne Lowe Birdwell
(512) 424-5602 Forensic Artist Jorge Molina