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In the Line of Duty: Reflections of a Texas Ranger Private
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The Texas Department of Public Safety has eight major divisions: Administration; Criminal Law Enforcement; Director's Staff; Division of Emergency Management; Driver License; Public Safety Commission; Texas Highway Patrol; and, Texas Rangers


The Criminal Law Enforcement Division consists of 1,239 members, including 625 commissioned officers and 614 support personnel. The CLE Division chief’s office consists of two commissioned officers and seven support personnel, including two program specialists, a project manager, and an attorney who works directly with the chief and assistant chief.


With the increase in vehicular traffic in Texas, the Texas Highway Motor Patrol was transferred to the Department of Public Safety and called the Texas Highway Patrol. The Texas Highway Patrol Service is responsible for police traffic supervision, general police work on highways, public safety education and police and security functions for the State Capitol building and Capitol complex. The Highway Patrol Service consists of 2,174 commissioned officers.


According to the official history of the Texas Rangers, “The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement organization on the North American continent with statewide jurisdiction.  On August 10, 1935, when the Texas Legislature created the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the Texas Highway Patrol became members of this agency, with statewide law enforcement jurisdiction. The true modern-day Ranger came into being on September 1, 1935.”




According to one Amazon reader/reviewer, “Lewis Rigler gives the reader insight into his life and experiences as a transition-era Texas Ranger. His was a time between the saddle-bound frontier types and the higher tech crime solving Rangers of today. The writing is clear and poignant with no apologies for the more primitive, yet more effective methods of crime fighting used by the Rangers of the previous generation. A devout Christian, Ranger Lewis Rigler acknowledges that he was somewhat atypical in appearance and demeanor, but no less effective in pursuing those on the wrong side of the law. An intriguing and satisfying read.”

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