Fort Worth, Texas - Former Bee County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigator Stephen Martin joins the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) as Special Ranger for Texas, District 30. Martin replaces Hap Roberts who retired April 30.

"Steve has a strong record of effective law enforcement and as well as experience in the livestock industry, two necessary traits of a successful TSCRA Special Ranger," said Larry Gray, TSCRA executive director of law enforcement. "His contacts throughout South Texas, and his good working relationships with those in law enforcement as well as the livestock and ranching industries, make him a great asset to our association. I welcome him to TSCRA and look forward to working with him."

District 30 includes Bee, Brooks, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties.

Martin has 16 years of law enforcement experience serving Bee County. Martin served as a deputy sheriff in the patrol division before becoming a criminal investigator. He has a lifetime of experience in the ranching industry and serving Texans with law enforcement issues.

TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

TSCRA market inspectors aid the Special Rangers by collecting brands and other identifying marks on 4 to 5 million cattle sold at 115 Texas livestock markets each year.

Market inspectors report their findings to TSCRA's Fort Worth headquarters, where the information is entered into the nation's largest brand recording and retrieval system. This database is the first source checked when a special ranger receives a theft call.