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    [Texas Rangers]. Group of Thirteen Photographs from the New Department of Public Safety Training Facility with a Police Training Certificate Signed by Homer Garrison and Horace Carmichael. In 1934, as a result of corruption rampant in the administration of Governor Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, it was decided that the Texas Rangers and the Texas Highway Patrol would be merged into a single department, headed by an independent Public Safety Commission. In 1935, the new DPS began operations and the training of new recruits.

    This marvelous collection of silver prints, circa 1935, illustrates the training those recruits received in the modern techniques of criminal investigation as well as the new facilities used in that training. All of the photos are identified by captions written in the negative and include: "Pistol Instruction." 9.75" x 7.75". A man is shown on his belly, pistol in hand, a group of eleven men gathered behind. [and:] "Recording Fingerprints." 10" x 8". Twelve men gather around to witness an instructor fingerprint a second man. [and:] "Chemistry As An Aid To Law Enforcement." 10" x 7.75". Nine men, one of which is in uniform, are shown working with chemicals in a lab. [and:] "Classifying Fingerprints." 9.75" x 7.75". Six men sit at two long tables in front of stacks of fingerprints, analyzing each with magnifying devices as two instructors loom behind. [and:]"Firearms Identification." 9.75" x 7.75". One man sits in front of a large microscope as five men peer over his shoulders. "Dining Room." 9.75" x 7.75". [and:] "Students Dormitory/140 Beds." 9.75" x 7.75". Sleeping quarters for recruits. One man is in his bunk at lower left. [and:] "Pistol Instruction." 9.75" x 7.75". One man aims a pistol from behind a wooden barricade as seven men stand behind and watch. Three men kneel at left, two of which are holding a target with the silhouette of a man. [and:] "Searching Prisoner." 7.75" x 9.75". One man is seen standing with his hands on a wall while a second man searches his pocket, a revolver held securely in his left hand. [and:] "Lifting Latent Fingerprints." 9.75" x 7.75". Two men are seen dusting for fingerprints on the passenger side of an automobile. Between them on the ground is an open case holding fingerprinting equipment. Three men are seen behind watching, an additional man standing on the driver's side. [and:] "Studying Crime Scene."9.75" x 7.75". Three kneeling men study an extremely life-like dummy in a ditch while three men observe. An additional man, in the foreground, uses a trowel to make what appears to be plaster while two men observe from behind. [and:] "Photography As An Aid To Law Enforcement." 9.75" x 7.75". Eleven men gather in a large room to analyze photographs of fingerprints, letters, and numbers. [and:] "Recording Fingerprints." 9.75" x 7.75". One man records the fingerprints of a second man as five additional men observe.

    With a Horace H. Carmichael and Homer Garrison, Jr. signed Department of Public Safety Police Training certificate. Issued by the Bureau of Police Training to Captain Lester Stewart of Weatherford, Texas, certifying that he "has successfully completed the course of training of the Texas Peace Officers Training School No. 1." Gold seal of the Dept. of Public Safety at lower left corner. Colonel Horace Henry Garrison (1887-1938), a veteran of the First World War and lieutenant colonel in the Texas National Guard, served twice as the assistant adjutant general before being appointed director of the Texas DPS in 1936. Colonel Homer Garrison, Jr. (1901-1968) first became a peace officer at nineteen as a deputy sheriff of Angelina County, Texas, and joined the Texas Highway Department in 1930. When the Texas DPS began operations, Garrison was appointed first assistant director and was responsible for the DPS training program for new recruits. He became director of the DPS and chief of Texas Rangers upon the death of Horace Carmichael.

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