The Texas Ranger Association Foundation, Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, in Waco, TX are currently planning the 200th anniversary of service of the world-renowned Texas Rangers.
There are 4 main goals:
“Most Texans are familiar with the expression ‘one riot, one Ranger,’ but the truth is it is going to take the collective efforts of these three official organizations – and more – to accomplish our ambitious plans for our Bicentennial Year in 2023,” said Russell Molina, chairman of the tri-foundation Texas Rangers Bicentennial Committee. “No group has a richer history and more compelling story than the Texas Rangers, but we want to be sure people understand what the modern Ranger does today – such as border security, and high-level investigations.”
The Texas Rangers have performed under five national flags: Founded under Mexico in 1823, they served the Republic of Texas 1836-1845; the new US State of Texas 1845-1861; the Confederate State of Texas 1861-1865; and as a US State again from 1870-Present. Native Americans, Tejanos, Anglo-Europeans, African Americans and Asian Americans have served in all ranks from Ranger to Chief. Women were first commissioned in the Texas DPS in 1973, and the first female was promoted as a Texas Ranger in 1993.
Since 1935, the Texas Ranger Division has been 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. It is comprised of 234 full time employees; including 166 commissioned Rangers and 68 support personnel; including administrative staff, Border Security Operations Center, Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers, and the Special Weapons and Tactics team.
Tony Leal, Retired Chief of the Texas Rangers and board member TDPSF.
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