The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas

What Do Texas Rangers Do?


The Ranger Code by Bruce Green
Texas Ranger Association Foundation Collection

The activities of the Texas Ranger Division consist primarily of making criminal and special investigations; apprehending wanted felons; suppressing major disturbances; the protection of life and property; and rendering assistance to local law enforcement officials in suppressing crime and violence.

The Texas Ranger Division will, through investigation and close personal contact with all federal, state, county, and city law enforcement agencies, be responsible for the gathering and dissemination of criminal intelligence pertaining to all facets of organized crime. The Texas Ranger Division joins with all other enforcement agencies in the suppression of the same;

Under orders of the Director, suppress all criminal activity in any given area, when it is apparent that the local officials are unwilling or unable to maintain law and order;

Upon the request or order of a judge of a court of record, serve as officers of the court and assist in the maintenance of decorum, the protection of life, and the preservation of property during any judicial proceeding;

When called upon, provide protection for elected officials at public functions and at any other time or place when directed to do so by a superior officer;

Establish direct personal contact and maintain close liaison with all agencies, or branches thereof, concerned with the investigation and suppression of criminal activities. These contacts are not to be limited to the state but shall be nationwide. Every effort will be exerted to maintain a full and free flow of information on active offenders and offenses between all interested agencies;

Participate in educational training programs and provide specialized instruction to local, state, and federal law enforcement representatives;

With the approval of the Director, conduct investigations of any alleged misconduct on the part of other Department personnel;

Be the primary Department investigator when a Department member is killed or suffers serious bodily injury, attributable to an intentional act;

Provide Forensic Hypnotists for use as an investigative tool in gathering additional information;

Provide forensic art work for use as an investigative or procedural tool in major criminal cases;

Assist the Governor's Protective Detail in providing security for the Texas Governor during his official travel throughout the state, as well as other dignitaries.

- From the Texas Dept. of Publc Safety

The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas