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Sheriffs from Texas, other states respond to border efforts
USA Today
"They're tripping over themselves now," Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said of the current 18,500 Border Patrol agents working the Southwest border. West, like all other sheriffs interviewed, respect the Border Patrol agents who risk their lives to keep the border safe and secure — but he still has issues with the border strategy.
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Gov. Rick Perry hands out Star of Texas Awards to law enforcement
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
Texas law enforcement, first responders and firefighters were honored by Gov. Rick Perry as recipients of the Star of Texas Award. The 12 volunteer firefighters who perished in the West fertilizer plant blast were also posthumously awarded for their bravery.
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Ranger promoted to major in command in Central Texas
The Eagle
Brazos Valley Texas Ranger Frank Malinak has returned to Waco as a major in command of a 42-county stretch of Central Texas. Malinak will lead Texas Rangers Company F, which covers counties from Dallas to San Antonio, and from Llano to Victoria.
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Texas trooper won't be indicted in border helicopter shooting deaths
Los Angeles Times
A grand jury has declined to indict a Texas trooper who fired from a helicopter at a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border in 2012, killing two Guatemalan immigrants and sparking controversy. The killings led the Texas Department of Public Safety to bar troopers from shooting at suspects from the sky unless their aircraft is fired upon.
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Man foils gunman's plot to shoot police in Michigan
Detroit Free Press via USA Today
Doug Berry's ordinary routine of watching trains with his 20-year-old autistic son played a key role in averting a potentially violent confrontation with a suicidal gunman allegedly bent on opening fire at police. "The man had told them he wanted to die, and the best way to die was shoot at police so they would have to kill him," Berry, 58, of Dearborn, Mich., said police told him afterward.
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Inmates end California prison hunger strike, awaiting hearing
Los Angeles Times
Inmates leading California's largest prison protest ended a two-month hunger strike without winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions — their main grievance — but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue.
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Connecticut State Police issue new tattoo, social media policy
New Haven Register
State police have issued a wide-ranging policy on tattoos and social media, warning staff that "speech, on- or off-duty — made pursuant to their official duties — is not protected speech and may form the basis for discipline."
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Idaho police: The importance of law enforcement agency websites
IACP Center for Social Media
An agency's website is its Internet presence. A police agency with 20 officers or 2,000 officers can present itself as awesome and service-oriented depending on the agency's website. How our agency's website appears shows how seriously we take our business, where our focus is and what we want people to know or think about us.
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Gov. Rick Perry hands out Star of Texas Awards to law enforcement
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
Texas law enforcement, first responders and firefighters were honored by Gov. Rick Perry as recipients of the Star of Texas Award. The 12 volunteer firefighters who perished in the West fertilizer plant blast were also posthumously awarded for their bravery.

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Ruling on sex offenders, social media upsets North Carolina police agencies
The News & Record
Some area law enforcement agencies are speaking out against the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling. The court says that a law prohibiting registered sex offenders from using social networking sites is too broad and illegal.

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DWI crackdown aimed at saving lives in Texas
The Marshall News Messenger
In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and save more lives and prevent injuries on our roadways, a nationwide campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," was conducted from mid-August through Labor Day.

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Social network for law enforcement nearing completion
The Associated Press via New York Daily News
BlueLine, a Facebook-like social network for members of law enforcement, is the creation Bill Bratton. Bratton, former head of the Los Angeles and New York police departments, says the new platform will "go live" in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.
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Top law enforcement officials to convene over latest police technology
Government Technology
In Cambridge, Mass., law enforcement leadership and technologists from around the nation will convene for the Police Innovation Conference — two days of conversation about the latest in technology that's aiding police officers and departments.
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