As of December, 2016, Raul Vargas had served 35 years as a Certified/Commissioned Peace Officer for the State of Texas.
He began his law enforcement career as a Private Security Officer in June of 1980, before being appointed on December 10, 1981, as a Deputy Constable in McAllen with the Hidalgo County Constable’s Office – Precinct 2 where he served for over one (1) year.
On January 17, 1983, he moved on to the City of Mission Police Department where he served as a patrolman for approximately 2˝ years. In May of 1985, he moved on to the City of Carrollton Police Department where he also served as a patrol officer for one (1) year.
On June 11, 1986, he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety where he graduated from the 97th All Field Service Recruit School and assigned to the Highway Patrol Service, stationed in Bay City. In February of 1987, he was moved to El Campo where he completed his probationary period and transferred to his home town of McAllen on November 1, 1987. He served as a Trooper in Hidalgo County for nearly eight (8) years until he promoted to Highway Patrol Sergeant on September 1, 1995 and assigned to a newly created Sergeant Area in Brownsville. He served in Cameron County for over seven (7) years until he promoted to Highway Patrol Lieutenant on November 1, 2002 and assigned to the Beaumont District Office. He served in the South East Texas area for nearly 2˝ years until he promoted to Highway Patrol Captain on March 25, 2005 and assigned to the Capitol Detail in Austin. Capt. Vargas served as the Service Commander for the Capitol Detail, the Patrol & Security Operations, and Austin District Office for a total of almost six (6) years before he was appointed to the rank of Major on December 1, 2010 and assigned to the Capitol Complex, Region VII, Austin where he has served until his retirement from the Texas Department of Public Safety on December 31, 2016.
Major Vargas graduated from McAllen Senior High School, attended Pan American University in Edinburg and is a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute – Administrative Officer’s Course, the Texas Governor’s Center for Management Development – Excellence in Leadership Series, and the Texas Police Association Leadership Conference in Bandera.
Major Vargas believes in Professional Development through continuous training, Accountability, Servant Leadership, Mentoring, Community Involvement, and Leading by Example. He has been a member of TPA since 2005.