Texas Sheriffs Today
Apr. 11, 2014

Sheriff's office parters with University of Houston-Downtown
The Atascocita Observer
The Harris County Sheriff's Office partnered this week with the University of Houston-Downtown's Criminal Justice Training Center to prepare potential employees for hundreds of new law enforcement roles and to fill positions vacated by retiring staff. Since the Criminal Justice Training Center’s inception nearly 40 years ago, approximately 14,000 cadets — primarily detention officers and certified jailers — have become certified peace officers through the program.More

New Hidalgo County sheriff seeks to re-establish chief deputy position
The Monitor
Hildago County Sheriff Eddie Guerra asked the county Commissioners Court to re-establish a clear second-in-command at the sheriff's office. Soon commissioners will consider an item to create a chief deputy's position at a salary of $87,500. To make room in the budget, they will nix both the chief of staff position created by former Sheriff Lupe Treviño and a vacant administrative assistant position.More

Remembering Thurmond Marshall of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office
Victoria Advocate
In 2012, Thurmond Marshall retired as a sergeant investigator after a 33-year career with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office. But the story before his more recent accomplishments is one that his wife, Julie, loves to recall.More

Police post radar locations online in Texas
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Say "speed trap," and people instantly know you're talking about a spot where police officers sit with radar guns, hoping to catch speeders, write tickets and generate revenue for their city. Keller, Texas, police say they write a lot of tickets, but it's not intended to stuff city coffers. More

Managing law enforcement stress through emotional intelligence
By Mark Bond
Law enforcement emotional intelligence in the workplace is defined as the ability of the officer to manage and use his or her emotions in a positive and constructive way to manage healthy relationships within the department and with supporting agencies of the criminal justices system. Officers who have a functional, high emotional intelligence level have higher satisfaction rates and better career success within their departments. Workers who have the ability to build healthy workplace relationships have reported lower stress levels at work and healthy off-duty activities that bring balance.More

Professionalization of the social media manager role
IACP
When the time comes for your agency to fill a social media collateral assignment or position, what attributes, skill sets or experiences are important to look for? Is it better to have an outside candidate with real world social media experience or is it better to train someone up from within your organization? More

More kids with autism means more police contacts with ASD subjects
PoliceOne
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new statistics on the number of people believed to be affected in some way by autism — to be an Autism Spectrum Disorders subject — and the new numbers are astounding. The condition is now believed to affect one in 68 school-age children — up from one in 88 just two years ago.More

Sheriff's office parters with University of Houston-Downtown
The Atascocita Observer
The Harris County Sheriff's Office partnered this week with the University of Houston-Downtown's Criminal Justice Training Center to prepare potential employees for hundreds of new law enforcement roles and to fill positions vacated by retiring staff.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

Law enforcement lobby tries to kill sentencing reform
The Huffington Post
Several organizations representing state and local law enforcement are quietly trying to kill a bipartisan bill that would roll back tough mandatory sentences for people convicted of federal drug offenses under legislation passed during the height of America's drug war three decades ago.More

Glitch in Seattle police dash cams could cause problems
KOMO-TV
Seattle Police have uncovered a problem with their dashboard camera video system. A glitch has caused what's called "dropped frames" or missing images in some of the videos, causing potential problems for an unknown number of criminal cases.More

Mental illness in America's jails and prisons
Health Affairs
The United States continues to have one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, with 5 percent of the world population, but nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Inmates are spending more time behind bars as states adopt "truth in sentencing laws," which requires inmates to serve 85 percent of their sentence behind bars.More