Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 16, 2013

Texas law enables drivers to display insurance on phone
The Texas Tribune
Soon drivers on Texas roads won't have to dig through their glove compartments for their insurance cards when they are pulled over by police officers. Thanks to a recently passed law, motorists will instead be able to pull up proof of insurance on their phones to show officers.More

Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd remembered
Amarillo Globe-News
Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd of Fredericksburg died in the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Aug. 7. Those who so desire may make memorial contributions in Judd's memory to the St. Jude's Children's Foundation, or to the charity of their choice.More

Hudspeth sheriff blasts new federal drug policy
Texas Public Radio
Hudspeth county Sheriff Arvin West is blasting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for declaring that federal prosecutors would no longer pursue harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders.More

Georgetown police use new technology to track rising crime
KVUE-TV
Thanks to new technology, Georgetown police can track what crimes are happening and where. Police say they're seeing a significant increase in car burglaries. They had only six reports in June, but in July that number jumped to 34.More

On-the-spot translation technology in over 180 languages
Malden Patch
A city as diverse as Malden, Mass., can call for special precautions to ensure swift communications in an emergency. Thanks to new technology obtained by the city, first responders and some government departments will have access to a mobile, live interpretation service called "Enabling Language Service Anywhere."More

Commentary: Vests give law enforcement fighting chance
The News-Press
Like Sgt. Michael Wilson, recently slain by a suspect's bullet, more than half of U.S. law enforcement officers killed on the job in 2011 and 2012 were wearing body armor. "Of course the face, throat — it's vulnerable," Fort Myers police Officer Alain Gagnon said. "But... it's more odds on your side when you wear the vest."More

With 3-D printed rifles, are changes to gun control laws coming?
Fox News
Reports of a Canadian man successfully firing 14 single rounds from a rifle manufactured by a 3-D printer has the weapon's American designer wondering whether the apparent breakthrough will force the U.S. government to rethink its ban on posting his plans online.More

Judge: New York's 'stop-and-frisk' practice is unconstitutional
Reuters
Judge Shira Scheindlin called the "stop-and-frisk" practice employed by the New York Police Department "indirect racial profiling." It targeted racially defined groups, resulting in the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics while the city highest officials "turned a blind eye," Scheindlin said.More

Attorney: Utah Supreme Court ruling could change police chases
The Salt Lake Tribune
In their Aug. 6 decision, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that police have a "duty of care," or a responsibility, to the people they chase down. The decision ruled in favor of the family of Wayne Torrie, 16, who died in 2010 when he crashed in Weber county after a high-speed police chase. Torrie's family sued the officer that chased him, as well as the Weber County Sheriff's Office.More

Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd remembered
Amarillo Globe-News
Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd of Fredericksburg died in the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Aug. 7. Those who so desire may make memorial contributions in Judd's memory to the St. Jude's Children's Foundation, or to the charity of their choice.More

Social media and the police
By Brandon Elliott
Today, nearly everyone is actively part of some form of online social media, and police officers are no exception. Generally, police officers that take part in social media are smart about what they post and say online. We all know by now that the Internet can become an open record that anyone can see. More

Data analytics help Michigan police cut crime
Government Technology
Imagine a society where police officers regularly stay ahead of crime and stop criminal activity before it happens. Does this sound too good to be true? Think again. Police departments in Oakland county, Mich., are keeping crime down throughout the region thanks to the use of advanced crime analytics software.More

Social media, hotline help break up underage drinking parties
The Buffalo News
Chalk up another tradition being affected by social media: Large underage drinking parties. Young people take to Facebook, Twitter and texting to spread the word when they decide to spend a lazy summer night drinking, especially in remote rural areas. Recently police agencies in Western New York have broken up such parties attended by up to 200 young people, many of them underage.More