is a 272 page hardcover in which he records Texas police history in the twentieth century that transformed Texas Lawmen into the highly trained professional officers of today. He has assembled information unknown by most law enforcement officers much less by the general public.
The bulk of the documentation is derived from the records of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas collection of the Texas Lawman Magazine, their official publication. The collection comprises monthly issues of the Texas Lawman Magazine commencing in January 1933 to the present.
From these archives the author documents the thoughts of the early visionaries that later became a reality in the fields of education, training, communications and benefits enjoyed by law enforcement officers today.
It is hoped that this book opens the door to law enforcement officers so they can look back into history and salute the trail blazers that preceded them. History buffs and fans of Texana will surely also enjoy and be enlightened by this book.
is a 284 page hardcover autobiography of retired Texas Ranger Ramiro "Ray" Martinez. It spans his growing up in West Texas in the 1940s and 1950s as a Hispanic in a harsh world that separated the men from the boys. It covers his career with the Austin Police Department and his first hand account of his contribution in bringing to an end the University of Texas Tower Sniper Incident.
Martinez describes his four years as a Narcotics Agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety when the drug traffic was escalating and experienced Narcotics Agents were scarce as hens' teeth.
After earning the coveted Texas Ranger Badge he began an 18 year career investigating regular major crimes plus expanding to the investigation of official corruption by elected officials and election fraud in South Texas.
Upon retirement he became a private investigator and later served four years as a Justice of the Peace. He continues his activities in the Former Texas Rangers Association and Former Texas Rangers Foundation with their goal of building The Former Texas Rangers History and Education Center on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, Texas to preserve Texas Ranger History for future generations.