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Denton County jail visits by video: New system causing uproar
The Dallas Morning News
VideoBrief Eye contact. That, at least, is where the problem starts for visitor Christopher Klabunde and others who criticize recent changes made by the Denton County Sheriff's Office to nix in-person jail visits in favor of a new video visitation system. Sheriff's officials say it increases safety and efficiency. Opponents like Klabunde, who was visiting with friends who are inmates, say it takes something away from the inmates and the people — often family and friends — who visit them.
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SAT truck raffle: Tickets on sale through March 14
SAT
In cooperation with the Benny Boyd Auto Group, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas will be raffling a new truck. This is going to be a great fundraiser for SAT by providing additional funds to support our programs and services that we have been able to provide over the years.

Raffle tickets are $100 each. Only 1,270 will be available. Ticket sales have begun. You can purchase yours online or by contacting your local sheriff's office or the SAT office at 512-445-5888. Raffle ticket sales will go through March 14.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the Star of Texas Rodeo, held in Austin, on March 28. Winners do not need to be present to win; however, you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket. A valid ID must be presented in order to claim the prize. Keep in mind that winners will be responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.

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Houston police, sheriff won't release policies for body camera tests
The Associated Press via KGNS-TV
Houston's top police agencies won't release their policies on how officers will turn on or turn off body cameras they're currently testing. The Houston Chronicle reported that its requests for details from the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office have been denied.
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Smith County Sheriff Office's awards banquet honors those who went the extra mile
KLTV-TV
VideoBrief Each year, the Smith County Sheriff's Office awards the men and women in the department who have shown exemplary service to the community and the department over the past year. This year's winners were recognized at a banquet Thursday night.
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West Texas students accused in fatal beating of emu
KTRK-TV
Some West Texas teenagers have been accused in the beating death of an emu during a party on private property. The Comanche County Sheriff's Office says eight people were arrested or cited in the bird's death. Investigator Robert Jolley said Thursday that more arrests are possible over the Feb. 15 incident. Jolley says the case involves some students at Comanche High School and a party near where the emu was kept.
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Officials from 6 counties use McLane Stadium for mass fatality training
Waco Tribune-Herald
About 100 emergency managers, responders, public health officials and justices of the peace from across Central Texas went through mass-fatality training at Baylor University's McLane Stadium, rehearsing for a possible tragic event like a tornado, said Harold Ferguson, homeland security manager for the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. Representatives from Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties participated in the training event, which re-created part of the scenario from the tornado that ripped through downtown Waco on May 11, 1953, killing 114 people and injuring 597.
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Challenge for law enforcement: Recruiting and retaining the best candidates
Calibre Press
A public lack of support for law enforcement is the top reason given for why 81 percent police offers surveyed said they can no longer recommend this profession to a son, daughter or other loved one. Meanwhile, 70 percent of respondents said they would have recommended this profession five years ago.
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Homeland Security bill moves in Senate
The Associated Press via Officer.com
The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan.
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Milwaukee police chief offers advice on staying in command during
crisis times

International Association of Chiefs of Police
Police chiefs and their agencies today are finding themselves under the media spotlight. With 24-hour news cycles and social media, almost any situation can quickly escalate and become a focal point for media and community concern. Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward A. Flynn has been in such situations, and he has some words of wisdom to share on how to navigate such events and maintain control of the narrative.
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Pinkerton's legacy still lives in law enforcement, security fields
By Mark Bond
Allan Pinkerton is one of the world's most famous detectives. How Pinkerton became a detective only makes this colorful man's life more intriguing. The legacy of Pinkerton is that he was progressive and innovative in his development of professional investigative services. His vision is still noticeable today in private security and techniques used by law enforcement investigators.
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California thinks pink for gun safety
Portland Press Herald
September, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Imitation Firearms Safety Act, which forbids nearly all types of pellet and BB guns from being shown in public unless they are fashioned in pink, red or another bright color. Supporters celebrated the passage of the law, which went into effect in January, saying it was a common-sense response to a long string of tragic encounters in which police shot teenagers who were holding realistic-looking replica guns.
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