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Sheriffs call for better screening tools when booking inmates
KEYE-TV
Focusing on the mentally ill who end up in jail, Sheriffs' Association of Texas has asked that a revised suicide screening tool be implemented in jails across the states. Sheriff AJ Louderback, the association's legislative chair, said the "new form, a new mental health screening form which takes into account suicide and suicide prevention is a much better document than what Texas sheriffs are having to deal with now."

A 2006 Department of Justice study shows that 64 percent of jail inmates have some kind of mental illness. Thoughts of suicide are one of the most common symptoms. "Implementation of a new mental health screening is much needed, and we're recommending immediate, or as soon as possible, implementation of that form."
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National Sheriffs' Association president blasts Obama's silence on
cop murders

Breitbart
The president of the National Sheriffs' Association has called out the continued silence by President Barack Obama and his administration in regards to cop murders and the escalation violence against law enforcement.

"Across the country, we are seeing a lot of violence directed at law enforcement, and quite frankly, what we don't see is this administration stepping up front of it and saying enough is enough," NSA President Danny Glick said at the Southwest Border Sheriffs' Coalition meeting.

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Victoria County sheriff launches drug tip website
Officer.com
A Homeland Security official tipped his imaginary cowboy hat to Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor on Tuesday for realizing the county does not exist within a bubble. O'Connor, who has long described U.S. Highway 59 as a "fatal funnel," was wearing his real, trademark cowboy hat as he announced the creation of a website on which residents can post anonymous tips about drug-related offenses.
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Fort Worth names 1st black police chief
WFAA-TV
A longtime lawman with ties to Texas will be Fort Worth's next police chief. Joel Fitzgerald, who holds degrees from Harvard and Northwestern universities, will also become the city's first African-American chief when he arrives next month after spending the past few years in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he led a department of 200 officers. He will have far more manpower to manage in Fort Worth, where there are roughly 1,500 officers.
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Police use of force involves perception, legal definitions
Kerrville Daily Times via PoliceOne.com
It's easy to assume that police shootings are acts of brutality until you are the one standing over a corpse in a darkened room. Kerrville Police investigator Josh Jureczki illustrated that concept recently as Kerrville Police Department Citizen Police Academy members were asked to canvass a room to find out who "killed" a plastic dummy.
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Coptimus Prime: New Braunfels police driving supercar seized from
Mexican cartel

San Antonio Express-News via Laredo Morning Times
The New Braunfels Police Department is rolling out the sleekest member of its vehicle fleet: a seized 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 named "Coptimus Prime" that previously belonged to a San Antonio-based drug trafficker with Mexican cartel ties. Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Comal County Metro Narcotics Task Force, which includes the police department, seized the Corvette during a 2011 raid on a methamphetamine trafficking cell linked to the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana.
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Hundreds of officers attend training on open carry law
KLTV-TV
More than 200 law enforcement officers attended a training in Henderson on the ins and outs of the new open carry law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Officers learned where you are allowed to openly carry and when they are allowed to ask you for your handgun license.
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What can we do to help keep officers safe?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
As crime has steadily reached a zenith of chaos and ruthlessness, law enforcement officers across the U.S. are now wary of any stranger approaching them, no matter how innocent or innocuous the situation looks. The recent incident in which a police officer was shot to death near a Houston gas station has refueled the controversies of police safety mechanisms and how they can be improved. The fact that this is just one incident among a spate of killings is a serious matter indeed.
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Applying the law of 'economy of effort' to firearms training
PoliceOne.com
Rob Leatham is probably the most successful, long-term competition shooter in the history of action shooting sports. He once famously said, "It's not how fast you move — it's how soon you get there ready to shoot." In the world of shooting performance, the compromise between speed and accuracy is a constant struggle for everyone who is serious about building skill. If you try to move smoothly, you may move too slowly. If you move too fast, without managing your momentum, your precision will be compromised.
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