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Encyclopedia > California State Rangers

The California State Rangers was the state's first state wide law enforcement agencies formed in 1854 to deal with gangs during the mid 1800s. The force was disbanded and officers later formed the California State Police. 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The California State Police was a security police agency which served to protect the State Capitol Building, the Governor and state agencies located Throughout the State. ...


History

The agency traces it roots back to 1854 when the state legislature authorized a law enforcement body of 20 men to kill or capture the Mexican bandit Joaquin Murrieta and his gang. 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... A Chicano Movement-era silkscreen rendition of Joaquín Murrieta. ...


The California State Rangers killed Murrieta and his accomplice “Three Finger Jack”, and displayed Murrieta’s head and Jack’s hand for public viewing.


The State Rangers were disbanded. However Captain Love and another ranger stayed on at the State Capitol to form the California State Police which officially became a division in 1887 which in turn was merged with the California Highway Patrol in 1995. The California State Police was a security police agency which served to protect the State Capitol Building, the Governor and state agencies located Throughout the State. ... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ...


 
 

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