Company “D” encompasses a wide swathe of South Texas that covers 640 miles of the Texas/Mexico border and 21 international border crossings. The region extends from Val Verde and Edwards Counties to the north, stretching south along the Rio Grande River to Cameron and Willacy Counties at the Gulf of Mexico, then North along the gulf coast to Corpus Christi encompassing twenty-seven counties total. Major Brian Burzynski and his 27 Rangers proudly continue the Company “D” tradition of keeping South Texans safe and secure.
The duties of the Texas Rangers have changed very little in the almost 200 years of Ranger service to the State of Texas. Modern-day Rangers conduct criminal and public corruption investigations, apprehend wanted felons, suppress major disturbances, respond to and investigate acts of terrorism, and render assistance to local law enforcement in suppressing crime and violence. Since 1935, the organization has been a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The ever-increasing population of South Texas and vibrant economy in parts of this region has brought with it an increased level of criminal activity attempting to prey on the region’s success. This, coupled with contemporary issues of transnational organized crime and terrorism, places Company “D” personnel on the front lines of Texas’ homeland security efforts. In addition to the traditional criminal investigative functions of the Texas Rangers, Company “D” Rangers collaborate with law enforcement partners to strengthen border security, provide a safe community, and a secure trade corridor.
In the fall of 2017, Company “D” Rangers responded to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. During this catastrophic event, Rangers led rescue and recovery efforts in severely affected areas of East Texas. Company “D” Rangers continue to serve local agencies as a resource for investigative assistance by fielding and investigating allegations of crime, corruption and border violence.