Texas Sheriffs Today
Jul. 19, 2013

After 11 years, Texas executes man for death of retired deputy
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
John Manuel Quintanilla had only been released from prison a few months prior when he gunned down Victor Billings, who was 60 years old in 2002. Billings, a retired sheriff's deputy, was out with his wife at an amusement center the Sunday before Thanksgiving when the tragedy occurred. More

Texas sheriff makes $9 million pot bust, 1 of the largest ever in county
The Madisonville Meteor
The marijuana plants found on the Texas property were valued at $9 million. Numerous pieces of evidence were taken from the scene and will be analyzed. Further investigation and arrests are pending. According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, they had received a tip from local deer hunters who had come upon one of the groves of marijuana plants.More

Killeen Police Department: Officer slain in shooting identified
UPI
The first Killeen police officer to be shot on the job in almost a century has been identified as 32-year-old Robert Hornsby. Hornsby was shot as officers responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun threatening neighbors in an apartment complex. The alleged gunman, who has not been identified, was killed by police gunfire.More

The right to kill police officers
By Brandon Elliott
A recent article about new legislation signed into law by Indiana Gov. Michael Pence boggled my mind. This new law legalized the use of deadly force by civilians should a public servant or law enforcement officer enter their property illegally. An example would be if a police officer entered a person's home with the intent to search it without a search warrant. This new legislation has me dumbfounded for many reasons.More

NLEOMF: Work left to be done in preventing LODDs
Officer.com
Preliminary officer fatality statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show both positive and negative trends in regards to line-of-duty deaths. Aside the uptick in total deaths, there were some positive developments noted in the report. Both traffic- and firearms-related deaths saw steep declines in the first half of 2013. More

CopDots help keep tabs on property in Washington
The Spokesman-Review
Spokane, Wash., was recently ranked fourth in the nation for car thefts, so calling property crime a hot-button issue might be an understatement. Similar to putting a microchip in a pet, CopDots allow owners to add inconspicuous identifiers to vehicles and personal items.More

NLEOMF: Work left to be done in preventing LODDs
Officer.com
Preliminary officer fatality statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show both positive and negative trends in regards to line-of-duty deaths. Aside the uptick in total deaths, there were some positive developments noted in the report. More

SmartWater CSI technology to help Florida police find stolen property
WPBF-TV
There is new technology designed to get back the belongings of robbery victims. It's called SmartWater CSI, and it's being used in the city of Riviera Beach, Fla. SmartWater CSI is forensically encoded liquid that people can apply to their property.More

Take care of your officers
By Brandon Elliott
This is a message to all you sheriffs, chiefs and administrative officers. You ladies and gentlemen have a tough job keeping the ship at sail and the waters smooth. It takes a vast amount of experience and calculated thinking to be the heads and executive officers of your agencies. More

In the hunt for criminals, social media is the ultimate snitch
Digital Trends
Facebook is now one of the most fertile sources of criminal evidence, but it wasn't always this way. Though Facebook launched in 2005, it took police and investigators awhile to fully recognize its potential. Since it was initially used only by college students, many of the first incidents where police or campus authorities used Facebook as evidence involved the violation of alcohol policy at specific college. More

Oregon police want DNA advances to get guns, gang members off street
The Oregonian
Portland, Ore., police routinely collect blood or saliva samples from a crime scene to get a suspect's DNA profile. But now, the bureau's Gun Task Force hopes to use evolving DNA technology to determine who may have pulled the trigger or gripped a gun used in a shooting. More