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Behind the Badge: A look at the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Week two of the Law Enforcement Citizens' Academy class kicked off at the TXDPS Lubbock Regional Office.

Regional Commander Gary Albus said in 2016, the department made 73,093 arrests, 11,608 of those arrests were high-threat criminals. 

According to Albus, the department also seized $879,484,276 worth of marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin last year. 

While the department reportedly seized $8.7 million on cash, Albus said the cartel is turning to wire transfers or gift cards to avoid detection. 

Commander Albus said the department is divided into 16 divisions: highway patrol, criminal investigations, Texas Rangers, intelligence and counter-terrorism, aviation, law enforcement support, emergency management, administration, regulatory service, finance, education, training and research, information technology, office of general counsel, state auditor's office, and the office of the inspector general. 

Major Todd Snyder with the Texas Rangers gave an overview about their daily tasks.

The Texas Rangers assist with major criminal investigations, officer-involved shootings, public corruption investigations, special operations, and border security.

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