Texas Sheriffs Today
Mar. 28, 2014

Brazos County sheriff now using 40 body cameras for deputies
KBTX-TV
Caught on camera has a new meaning for some local law enforcement officers on patrol. Brazos County Sheriff's Deputies are now equipped with body cameras when they go out on patrol. Josh Hearen is a civil service deputy sheriff for Brazos County and started wearing this light weight camera more than two months ago. "Blends in. I don't notice it. I forget it's there and I use it regularly. I depend on it," Hearen said.More

Harrison County sheriff needs help identifying suspects
KLTV-TV
Harrison County investigators are seeking information regarding the identities of two suspects involved in passing checks stolen in Harrison County during a burglary. The East Texas Professional Credit Union teller cameras captured the images of a black male and a female as they entered the Credit Union together. More

Students prove law enforcement program's worth
Crowley Star
"What sets us apart is that Daniel and I try to simulate the police academy with hands-on training because we've been there," said Markeith West. "Many schools don't have licensed police officers as teachers. They may have a criminal justice degree or were a paralegal, but few are cops." More

Denton County sheriff sending invitations to join state group
Denton Record-Chronicle via The Dallas Morning News
Denton County residents will soon see letters from Sheriff William Travis hit their mailboxes. Sheriff's office officials said an increasing number of citizens want to assist law enforcement, and that's why Travis recently announced that county residents are being invited to become associate members of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas.More

Are free speech and public safety at odds in the Internet age?
By Liz Murphy
The rapid pace at which technology is evolving is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Social platforms connect people in real-time around the world on our computers, while cellphones and "smart" watches function seamlessly as phones, fitness devices and music players. But with every device or piece of social technology we create, we are continually reminded that our ability to innovate often outpaces our ability to create laws that protect public safety — often with tragic consequences. In the cases of cyberbullying and revenge porn, is it possible to prioritize free speech and public safety equally in the Internet age?More

How Twitter could help police departments predict crime
The Atlantic
Initially, Matthew Gerber didn't believe Twitter could help predict where crimes might occur. For one thing, Twitter's 140-character limit leads to slang and abbreviations and neologisms that are hard to analyze from a linguistic perspective. Beyond that, while criminals occasionally taunt law enforcement via Twitter, few are dumb or bold enough to tweet their plans ahead of time. "My hypothesis was there was nothing there," says Gerber.More

FCC finds thousands of hotels do not offer direct-dial options for 911
The Associated Press via The Commercial Journal
After a 9-year-old girl was unable to call 911 for help while her mother was stabbed to death at a motel in Texas, a national survey was conducted to find out how many hotels restrict direct-dial access to 911. The survey found that tens of thousands of hotel guests are not able to dial any emergency services directly.More

Harrison County sheriff needs help identifying suspects
KLTV-TV
Harrison County investigators are seeking information regarding the identities of two suspects involved in passing checks stolen in Harrison County during a burglary. The East Texas Professional Credit Union teller cameras captured the images of a black male and a female as they entered the Credit Union together. 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

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

Predictive policing providing effective in New York
WCBS-Radio
A new crime-fighting method right out of science fiction is now changing the way cops do business on New York's Long Island. Predictive policing uses mathematical analysis, historical data and digital dissection to essentially predict likely crimes and crime locations and stop it before it happens.More

Putting faith in police
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Terry Burgess' lip curled as St. Louis police Sgt. Roger Engelhardt laid notebooks and file folders across her dining room table. A ceiling fan hummed above them, its metal pull cords clinking as unsteady blades cut the air. Burgess turned it off. Silence.More

California police outing 'Johns' on social media to fight prostitution
KCBS-TV
Prostitution has been an ongoing problem in Richmond, Calif., especially along high-traffic areas like 23rd Street. But police in Richmond are now turning to social media to discourage those who pay for sex.More

Los Angeles' 1st Latina officer passes away
Los Angeles Times via PoliceOne
The fee that Josephine Serrano Collier paid in 1946 for the application to become a policewoman in the Los Angeles Police Department was just $1, but it cost her much more than that. Not only was Collier's family against it, her fiance broke off their engagement. And she was bucking a feeling of mistrust in the Latino community toward the police.More