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Texas Government Code Sec. 411.002

THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
(a) The Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas is an agency of the state to enforce the laws protecting the public safety and provide for the prevention and detection of crime. The department is composed of the Texas Rangers, the Texas Highway Patrol, the administrative division, and other divisions that the commission considers necessary.

(b) The department shall have its principal office and headquarters and shall keep all of its records in Austin.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 4, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 17, Sec. 1.23, eff. Nov. 12, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.


ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION - OBJECTIVE, MISISON AND PROGRAM

Part I. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Chapter 1. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
OBJECTIVE, MISSION, AND PROGRAM
§ 1.3 Programs

(a) The programs of the Department of Public Safety fall into three general classes:

    1. street and highway traffic management;
    2. crime suppression and control; and
    3. emergency management.

(b) The three major classes of functional departmental programs within the department are as follows:

1. police law enforcement function:

(A) highway patrol service;
(B) drivers license service;
(C) vehicle inspection service;
(D) license and weight service;
(E) narcotics service;
(F) criminal intelligence service;
(G) Texas Ranger service;
(H) motor vehicle theft service;

2. administrative and regulatory function:

(A) drivers license service (primary responsibility);
(B) driver and vehicle records;
(C) statistical services of driver and vehicle records (accident records function only);
(D) vehicle inspection service, parameter vehicle emission and vehicle idle emission inspection and maintenance (primary Responsibility);
(E) motorcycle operator training and all-terrain vehicle certification;
(F) controlled substance registration;
(G) alcohol testing program;

3. staff support and supplemental functions:

(A) inspection and planning;
(B) staff services;
(C) crime records services;
(D) safety education service;
(E) accounting and budget control;
(F) motor carrier lease;
(G) public information;
(H) emergency management;
(I) administrative and legal services;
(J) communications service;
(K) crime laboratory services statewide;
(L) missing children/persons clearinghouse;
(M) automated data processing.

Source: The provisions of this § 1.3 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976; amended to be effective May 27, 1987, 12 TexReg 1565; amended to be effective November 22, 1989, 14 TexReg 5935.


Texas Government Code Sec. 411.006
DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR - TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The Director shall:
    1. be directly responsible to the commission for the conduct of the department's affairs;
    2. act as executive director of the department;
    3. act with the commission in an advisory capacity, without vote;
    4. adopt rules, subject to commission approval, considered necessary for the control of the department;
    5. issue commissions as law enforcement officers, under the commission's direction, to all members of the Texas Rangers and the Texas Highway Patrol and to other officers of the department;
    6. appoint, with the advice and consent of the commission, the chiefs of the bureaus provided for by this chapter;
    7. issue and sign requisitions as provided by law for the purchase of supplies for the office and officers of the department, suitable uniforms, arms, and equipment;
    8. quarterly, annually, and biennially submit to the commission detailed reports of the operation of the department, including statements of its expenditures; and
    9. prepare, swear to, submit to the governor, and file in the department's records a quarterly statement containing an itemized list of all money received and its source and all money spent and the purposes for which it was spent.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Title 37. Public Safety and Corrections
Part I. Texas Department of Public Safety
Chapter 1.
§ 1.111
TEN GENERAL ORDERS

The 10 general orders are the traditional code of conduct for the Department of Public Safety and are binding in addition to any other code of ethics adopted. These 10 general orders are as follows.

    1. To advance the objective of the department in preserving order and protecting the lives, rights, privileges, and property of the people in the State of Texas to the best of my ability and in an entirely impartial manner.
    2. To practice at all times the motto of this organization: "Courtesy Service Protection."
    3. To keep myself clean and presentable, and in good physical, mental, and moral health.
    4. To know and obey orders and instructions at all times.
    5. To keep all state equipment entrusted to me fully accounted for and in proper condition.
    6. To qualify as a voter, and to vote my convictions as a citizen on all public questions and political races, but to take no other part in any public politics or campaigns.
    7. To conduct my business in a straightforward manner, relying upon poise, competence, and discretion rather than threats and argument to carry out my duties.
    8. To take up matters affecting me and my position with my immediate superior and through proper channels.
    9. To submit through proper channels constructive suggestions for the betterment of the department and its service.
    10. To conduct myself at all times, both on and off duty, in such a gentlemanly manner that I may merit the voluntary commendation of all law-abiding citizens and visitors with whom I come in contact, both those with whom I meet in carrying out my duties and those I shall live among as a citizen in order that credit may be reflected upon the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Source: The provisions of this § 1.111 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976.
Cross Reference: This Section cited in 37 TAC § 1.114, (relating to Major Infraction Applicable to Any Member).



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.024
THE TEXAS RANGERS DIVISION MAY NOT BE ABOLISHED

Note: The historical importance and symbolism of the Texas Rangers is such that they are protected by statute from being disbanded.

The division relating to the Texas Rangers may not be abolished.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.


Texas Government Code Sec. 411.021
COMPOSITION OF THE TEXAS RANGERS

The Texas Rangers are a major division of the department consisting of the number of rangers authorized by the legislature. The highest ranking officer of the Texas Rangers is responsible to and reports directly to the director. Officers are entitled to compensation as provided by the legislature.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.
Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.022
AUTHORITY OF TEXAS RANGERS

(a) An officer of the Texas Rangers is governed by the law regulating and defining the powers and duties of sheriffs performing similar duties, except that the officer may make arrests, execute process in a criminal case in any county and, if specially directed by the judge of a court of record, execute process in a civil case.

(b) An officer of the Texas Rangers who arrests a person charged with a criminal offense shall immediately convey the person to the proper officer of the county where the person is charged and shall obtain a receipt.

The state shall pay all necessary expenses incurred under this subsection.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.0221
ELIGIBILITY FOR PROMOTION

(a) To be commissioned as an officer of the Texas Rangers, a person must:

    1. have at least eight years of experience as a full-time, paid peace officer, including at least four years of experience in the department; and
    2. be a commissioned member of the department.

(b) The Texas Rangers is an equal employment opportunity employer; all personnel decisions shall be made without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, or religion.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.0223
APPOINTMENT OF HIGHEST-RANKING OFFICERS
IN THE TEXAS RANGERS

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an officer is eligible for appointment by the director to the highest rank of the Texas Rangers only if the officer has at least five years of supervisory experience as a commissioned member of the Texas Rangers.

(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an officer is eligible for appointment by the director to the second highest rank of the Texas Rangers only if the officer has at least four years of supervisory experience as a commissioned member of the Texas Rangers.

(c) If there are less than two qualified officers for appointment to the highest rank or the second highest rank of the Texas Rangers, the director may appoint an officer to the highest rank or the second highest rank only if the officer has at least two years of supervisory experience as a commissioned member of the Texas Rangers.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.017
UNAUTHORIZED ACTS INVOLVING
DEPARTMENT NAME, INSIGNIA, or DIVISION NAME

(a) A person commits an offense if, without the director's authorization, the person:

    1. manufactures, sells, or possesses a badge, identification card, or other item bearing a department insignia or an insignia deceptively similar to the department's;
    2. Makes a copy or likeness of a badge, identification card, or department insignia, with intent to use or allow another to use the copy or likeness to produce an item bearing the department insignia or an insignia deceptively similar to the department's; or
    3. uses the term "Texas Department of Public Safety," "Department of Public Safety," "Texas Ranger," or "Texas Highway Patrol" in connection with an object, with the intent to create the appearance that the object belongs to or is being used by the department.

    (b) In this section, "department insignia" means an insignia or design prescribed by the director for use by officers and employees of the department in connection with their official activities. An insignia is deceptively similar to the department's if it is not prescribed by the department but a reasonable person would presume that it was prescribed by the department.

    (c) A district or county court, on application of the attorney general or of the district attorney or prosecuting attorney performing the duties of district attorney for the district in which the court is located, may enjoin a violation or threatened violation of this section on a showing that a violation has occurred or is likely to occur.

    (d) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the object is used exclusively:

    (1) for decorative purposes, maintained or preserved in a decorative state, and not offered for sale; or

    (2) in an artistic or dramatic presentation, and before the use of the object the producer of the presentation notifies the director in writing of the intended use, the location where the use will occur, and the period during which the use will occur.

    (e) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the object is shipped by United States mail or by any type of commercial carrier from a point outside the State of Texas to a point inside the state if the shipper or his agent has been sent notification by registered United States mail of this section prior to the shipment, in which event the offense is a felony of the third degree.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 496, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.0221
SPECIAL RANGERS

Note: Any commissioned member of DPS can be a "Special Ranger" after retiring, but only a retired Ranger can hold a "Special Texas Ranger" commission.

(a) The commission may appoint as special rangers honorably retired commissioned officers of the department and not more than 300 other persons.

(b) A special ranger is subject to the orders of the commission and the governor for special duty to the same extent as other law enforcement officers provided for by this chapter, except that a special ranger may not enforce a law except one designed to protect life and property and may not enforce a law regulating the use of a state highway by a motor vehicle. A special ranger is not connected with a ranger company or uniformed unit of the department.

(c) Before issuance of a commission to a special ranger the person shall enter into a good and sufficient bond executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the state in the amount of $2,500, approved by the director, and indemnifying all persons against damages resulting from an unlawful act of the special ranger.

(d) A special ranger is not entitled to compensation from the state for service as a special ranger.

(e) A special ranger commission expires January 1 of the first odd-numbered year after appointment. The director may revoke a special ranger commission at any time for cause.

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.



Texas Government Code Sec. 411.024
SPECIAL TEXAS RANGERS

(a) The commission may appoint as a special Texas Ranger an honorably retired or retiring commissioned officer of the department whose position immediately preceding retirement is an officer of the Texas Rangers.

(b) A special Texas Ranger is subject to the orders of the commission and the governor for special duty to the same extent as other law enforcement officers provided for by this chapter, except that a special Texas Ranger may not enforce a law except one designed to protect life and property and may not enforce a law regulating the use of a state highway by a motor vehicle. A special Texas Ranger is not connected with a ranger company or uniformed unit of the department.

(c) Before issuance of a commission to a special Texas Ranger the person shall enter into a good and sufficient bond executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the state in the amount of $2,500, approved by the director, and indemnifying all persons against damages resulting from an unlawful act of the special Texas Ranger.

(d) A special Texas Ranger is not entitled to compensation from the state for service as a special Texas Ranger.

(e) A special Texas Ranger commission expires January 1 of the first odd-numbered year after appointment. The commission may revoke the commission of a special Texas Ranger who commits a violation of a rule of the department for which an active officer of the Texas Rangers would be discharged.

(f) The commission shall authorize a badge for persons appointed as special Texas Rangers under this section that is distinct in appearance from the badge authorized for special rangers under Section 411.023.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1189, §10, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

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