Texas Sheriffs Today
Jun. 7, 2013

US Supreme Court: Police can collect DNA sample upon arrest
Reuters
Though the justices were split with a 5-4 vote, the court reversed a decision from last April by Maryland's highest court that overturned the 2010 conviction and life sentence of Alonzo Jay King for a rape committed seven years earlier. The official opinion of the court, penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, states DNA samples can be taken if police have probable cause to detain a suspect facing charges relating to a serious offense.More

Retired Texas officer revives young girl
Austin American-Statesman via Officer.com
A retired Taylor police sergeant saved an eight-year-old girl's life after she was pulled unconscious out of a pool, said Taylor Police Cmdr. Don Georgens. Retired Taylor Police Sgt. Roy Jordan, who was attending a separate event at the pool, found the child was not breathing and her lips appeared to be blue, according to Taylor police. More

Texas bill on prostitution diversion modeled on Dallas County
The Dallas Morning News
Prostitutes in the state's largest counties would have the chance to get themselves and their records clean under a bill approved by the Legislature. The measure is modeled after Dallas County's Prostitution Diversion Initiative, a program that gives those arrested for prostitution a choice between jail time and rehab. More

Surviving off-duty incidents
By Brandon Elliott
As police officers we train hard to make sure our skills are up to the task at staying alive on the job. We do this so we can come home to our families and enjoy the life that we are working so hard to provide for. But also, as police officers, there is a duty that must be upheld at all times. None of us leaves that badge in our locker when we clock out.More

South Carolina deputies 'wearing' new technology
Anderson Independent Mail
Oconee County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office deputies have been wearing some new technology that will hopefully help to reduce instances of officer complaints and use of lethal force. The new technology is an on-officer video camera made by TASER International called the AXON Flex System. The camera can be clipped to the officers' clothing or worn on a special set of glasses made by Oakley Inc. More

Report: 93 percent of law enforcement homicides committed with firearms
News-Medical.net
While occupational homicides continue to decline in the U.S., law enforcement remains one of the deadliest jobs in America. A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010 were committed with firearms.More

Pennsylvania sheriff provides free cellphones to seniors
Norristown Patch
Every day, seniors are vulnerable to crime, elder abuse, prolonged illness and residential hazards when they are unable to call 911 for emergency assistance when they do not have access to a phone. In order to help seniors feel safer, the Montgomery County, Pa., sheriff is providing free cellphones to those in need through its 911 Cell Phone Donation Program.More

Retired Texas officer revives young girl
Austin American-Statesman via Officer.com
A retired Taylor police sergeant saved a girl's life after she was pulled out of a pool, said Taylor Police Cmdr. Don Georgens. Retired Taylor Police Sgt. Roy Jordan, who was attending a separate event at the pool, found the child was not breathing.More

Oklahoma officer who helped survivors describes tornado devastation
The Edmund Sun via PoliceOne
People were trying to get into the area to find family members; victims were leaving the area in whatever manner they could — via foot, bicycles. Most cars in the heart of the affected area when the tornado hit were inoperable. More

Texas could set new standard on email privacy laws
RT
Texas could soon end up leading the U.S. in email privacy regulations if Gov. Rick Perry allows a new bill compelling law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant prior to accessing online correspondence to become law. More

Preliminary 2012 statistics show violent crime up, property crime down
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Preliminary Uniform Crime Reporting statistics for 2012 indicate that — when compared to 2011 — the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement agencies around the country increased 1.2 percent during 2012, while the number of property crimes decreased 0.8 percent. More