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 and public integrity investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, and border security operations.
The Texas Ranger Division is comprised of 222 full time employees; including 162 commissioned Rangers and 60 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 2015, a total of 3,224 investigations resulted in 1,583 felony arrests, 124 misdemeanor arrests. The Texas Rangers executed 1044 search warrants and secured 5,304 statements, including 694 confessions to various crimes. Rangers recovered stolen property valued at $1,038,713 and seized contraband valued at $315,505. There were 1,820 convictions for various crimes investigated that resulted in 1 death sentence, 42 life sentences and a total of 9,580 years in penitentiary time being assessed. Rangers served 175 subpoenas and 371 warrants. Rangers conducted 16 hypnosis sessions on criminal investigations.