Texas Sheriffs Today
Sep. 6, 2013

Jail overcrowding to be addressed in Nueces County by sheriff
KIII-TV
Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin reports that 164 people were booking into the county jail over the Labor Day weekend. Once again, the jail population was pushed to capacity. Kaelin said it should be a reminder that some sort of expansion of the jail is long overdue. However, not everyone agrees.More

1 teen dead, 3 injured in Texas school stabbing
USA Today via WGRZ-TV
A teen student was stabbed to death and three others were injured in a possible gang-related confrontation at Spring High School, Harris county Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. Spring High School, which serves 3,000 students, was locked down.More

DWI crackdown aimed at saving lives in Texas
The Marshall News Messenger
In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and save more lives and prevent injuries on our roadways, a nationwide campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," was conducted from mid-August through Labor Day. Hundreds of law enforcement officers across the state were aggressively looking for impaired drivers and arrested anyone caught driving impaired.More

Program to arm Texas school marshals nearly complete
KVUE-TV via KHOU-TV
School marshals must have a CHL and be a current district employee, "not just somebody who comes in off the street to be a school marshal,” TCLEOSE Chief Kim Vickers said. Only the school principal, law enforcement and district administrators would know the identity of the school marshals.More

Missouri tests limits with pending nullification of federal gun laws
The New York Times
Unless a handful of wavering Democrats change their minds, the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is expected to enact a statute nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them here. This means a Missourian arrested under federal firearm statutes would even be able to sue the arresting officer. More

Arizona court limits when police officers can sue for injuries
Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star
Police officers injured while doing more than they are required have no legal right to sue those who caused the problem in the first place, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled — a ruling an attorney says could have public-safety implications.More

New study examines if arrestee DNA collection cost effective
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
The implementation of state laws expanding DNA collection to include arrestees has caused significant administrative and analytical burdens on state laboratories and collecting agencies, according to a study by the nonprofit Urban Institute.More

DWI crackdown aimed at saving lives in Texas
The Marshall News Messenger
In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and save more lives and prevent injuries on our roadways, a nationwide campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," was conducted from mid-August through Labor Day. More

Under new law, Texas police can act as gun dealers
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting in September, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them.More

Ruling on sex offenders, social media upsets North Carolina police agencies
The News & Record
Some area law enforcement agencies are speaking out against the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling. The court says that a law prohibiting registered sex offenders from using social networking sites is too broad and illegal.More

Social media to the rescue in recent Connecticut thefts
Southbury Patch
Social media has demonstrated its usefulness in law enforcement after the Middlebury Police Department successfully identified a potential suspect in a rash of recent thefts from cars using an unnamed social media network. More

Takedown offense: Defensive tactics technique
Officer.com
Watch, listen and learn as Defensive Tactics Instructor Richard Nance discusses and demonstrates methods for preventing and/or resisting being taken down by a suspect.More

3 ways to protect yourself from hackers
PoliceOne.com
Many police agencies, private businesses and the federal government have experienced some kind of hacker intrusion in the past few years. And thanks to Hollywood, there's widespread misunderstanding of what a computer hacker really is. In essence, hackers write lines of computer code — typically referred to as a "virus" — as a means of gaining entry to a network. More