Lieutenant Arthur Barrera began his law enforcement career in October 1984 when he graduated from the Texas Department of Public Safety Academy. After graduation, Barrera was stationed in Zapata as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper.
In 1987, and after three years of service in Zapata, Trooper Barrera transferred to the McAllen Highway Patrol sub-district office.
After 11 successful years of service with the Highway Patrol, Trooper Barrera promoted to the Motor Vehicle Theft Service earning the rank of Sergeant Investigator.
While performing his duties with the Motor Vehicle Theft Service, Sergeant Barrera was inducted into the “Million Dollar Club” for three straight years for consistently recovering over a million dollars’ worth of motor vehicles that included, boats, truck tractors, and heavy equipment. Sergeant Barrera often traveled to Mexico and collaborated with the Mexican Federal Highway Patrol and State Judicial Police to repatriate stolen vehicles back to the United States.
Sergeant Barrera was also assigned duties within the Motor Vehicle Theft Service that included; pari-mutual betting investigations, special crime investigations, and intelligence duties. Sergeant Barrera also created a task force that was comprised of US Border Patrol intelligence agents, DPS Motor Vehicle Theft Sergeants, and Sheriff Office Deputies. This team targeted drug and human stash houses with the nexus of stolen trucks used to facilitate smuggling activities along the border.
Sergeant Barrera was also tasked by the Motor Vehicle Theft Commander to be the team leader in south Texas for the Raid Entry Tactical Team that targeted the “Texas Top Ten” most wanted fugitives in the State of Texas. During this transition Sergeant Barrera became a CQB, shoot-house firearms instructor often training with the Houston PD SWAT team.
After serving with the Motor Vehicle Theft Service for 13 years, Sergeant Barrera was promoted to Sergeant with Texas Rangers in 2008 and was stationed with DEA in McAllen.
In 2009, Ranger Barrera was recognized by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations after he located a 4-year old kidnapped female child from Hidalgo, Texas, at a ranch house in Mercedes, Texas. During the course of the investigation, Ranger Barrera received information on the subject’s location, he assembled a small group of officers and successfully rescued the kidnapped child who was found bound and gagged.
The subject was arrested on kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault charges. Ranger Barrera obtained a full confession of the subject and after testifying in court, the subject was given a 240-year prison sentence.
In 2009, Ranger Barrera was promoted to Staff Lieutenant with the Texas Rangers and became the supervisor of the DPS RGV Joint Operations Intelligence Center (JOIC) located at the US Border Patrol Sector Headquarters in Edinburg. Ranger Barrera was assigned to supervise the Laredo, Edinburg and Victoria JOIC operations with over 30 employees that consisted of Texas Military Forces and civilians.
In 2015, Ranger Barrera retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Texas Ranger Staff Lieutenant with 31 years of state service.
In the summer of 2015, Ranger Barrera began a second career and began employment with the University of Texas System Police as a Lieutenant with the UT-RGV Police Department. Lieutenant Barrera is assigned to the Professional Standards Unit.
Lieutenant Barrera is a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American and is married to Joan, a school teacher. Lieutenant Barrera has two daughters and has a “house divided” — Jennifer, the oldest and a graduate from Texas A&M, College Station, and Jacklyn, a graduate of University of Texas, Austin, who served as president and head cheerleader for the UT Longhorns.