Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 10, 2014

Longtime East Texas sheriff being remembered
Former Henderson County Sheriff H.B. "Slick" Alfred has died at the age of 80. Alfred died on Jan. 2, according to the Athens Daily Review. He was considered the face of law enforcement serving 12 years as sheriff of Henderson County.More

Falls County sheriff investigating animal neglect
The Falls County sheriff is investigating what happened to six horses that were found to be malnourished on property in western Falls County. Sheriff Ben Kirk had veterinarians test 18 horses in total.More

Jail security changes to address contraband smuggling
San Antonio News-Express
A $250 payoff, box of sugar substitute and a Bible all came into play when a Bexar County Jail inmate got a cellphone smuggled into the facility with the help of his brother, officials said recently. More

24 peace officers graduate from Central Texas Police Academy
Twenty-four new peace officers graduated from the Central Texas Police Academy in December, after 18 weeks of comprehensive training. Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez Jr., Commandant of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony, which was held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.More

San Antonio chief retires slain officer's badge number as he's laid to rest
San Antonio News-Express
Blue police helicopters flew in formation just above the treetops at Mission Burial Park, over the crowd gathered there for Officer Robert Deckard's funeral. Deckard, who was killed in pursuit of robbery suspects recently, was buried just after 2 p.m.More

Trusting the crosswalk button in your department
By Capt. Jeffrey Williams
Why is so much apparent anger directed toward the crosswalk button? The button will work by just pushing it once, but after repeated battering, it eventually will not work and will need to be repaired or replaced. Why don't pedestrians trust the crosswalk button?More

Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says.More

Argyle police earn honor
Denton Record Chronicle
The Argyle Police Department recently became the fourth agency in Denton County to receive “recognized” status from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program.More

Developing strategy and critical thinking skills
By Rod Brown
Critical thinking skills are crucial to advancing one's leadership capacity, yet we pay little attention to it in law enforcement. Many officers do not even understand what critical thinking skills are. Rather than the repetitive "leadership training" found at most executive and command conferences, a step up into the more applicable skills of thinking and acting should be emphasized. Instructional learning methods should explore adaptability and decision-making in the real-world environment, an integrated learning experience that examines strategy, values and decision-making. More

Colorado adding drug recognition experts to catch high drivers
Since the state's legalization of recreational marijuana, Colorado law enforcement agencies have been adding more trained Drug Recognition Experts to their rosters. Sgt. Mike Baker of the Colorado State Patrol says the increased education is precautionary.More

New York tests high-tech, sensor-filled police cruiser of the future
The Verge
One of the more used tools will likely be the infrared scanners. The scanners record every number that they see — from license plates to addresses — and can alert officers to vehicles without outstanding infractions or that have been reported stolen or involved with a crime. More

Wisconsin police fight to honor memory of fallen officer
In Wisconsin, three men who have no affiliation with the Beloit Police Department are fighting to keep stickers that honor a fallen Beloit cop on the new cruisers the department is about to receive. For the past 13 years, every Beloit cruiser has had a sticker that reads, "In memory of No. 23," in honor of Pete Larson. Larson was shot twice in the head and suffered critical brain damage in 1985 that ultimately led to his death in 1993.More