Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 11, 2013

Funeral for Upton County deputy hosts high numbers
Odessa American via Midland Reporter-Telegram
The unassuming town of Rankin hosted hundreds of people in one place for the funeral of beloved Upton County Sheriff Deputy Billy "Bubba" Kennedy. "Bubba was a protector — not only for his loved ones, but for everyone he met," Kennedy's brother-in-law, Barry Portman, said. "He was never afraid, and that's why we're here today."More

A most-wanted sex offender in Texas behind bars
KETK-TV
Reynaldo Ybarra Zamora, 59, one of the state's "Top 10 Most-Wanted Sex Offenders," is now in custody after being arrested in Hays County. Zamora has a violent criminal past and was wanted for aggravated kidnapping, burglary of a habitation and evading arrest/detention.More

Dallas police Chief David Brown defends crime reporting practices
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas police Chief David Brown was asked what impact changes in crime reporting practices have had on overall crime reductions of the past 10 years. Brown defended his department's statistics, arguing that recent reporting changes have had only a minimal impact on the numbers.More

Fired Dallas police officer pleads guilty to lying
The Dallas Morning News
A former Dallas police officer, who falsely claimed a man struck him with his car, has received two years of probation. Eric Watts pleaded guilty and will be on deferred adjudication probation for two years for the misdemeanor charge of making a false report. He will not have a criminal conviction if he successfully completes probation.More

Federal courts will run out of operating funds by mid-October
The Crime Report
Unlike most federal agencies, the federal judiciary found money to keep federal courts nationwide fully funded for the first two weeks of the government shutdown, says the National Law Journal. As the end of the first week approached with no budget deal, however, chief judges of federal trial and appellate courts grappled with what to do once the money runs out. More

US Supreme Court will take up anonymous tip, traffic stop issue
The Associated Press via Law Officer
Two men driving a truck in California were pulled over for reckless driving, but they were not observed by the officer who conducted the stop. An anonymous tip was called in, alerting law enforcement to the vehicle's erratic driving. The stop later resulted in the men pleading guilty to a subsequent charge of transporting marijuana, but state and federal courts still disagree about whether it is lawful to pull a car over for an unobserved offense.More

Smartphones dial up a controversy over search warrants
McClatchy Washington Bureau
David Riley's smartphone ratted him out. San Diego police used photos and videos found on Riley's Samsung Instinct device to connect him to a gang-related shooting. Convicted on attempted murder and other charges, the 22-year-old is doing time at a California prison.More

Crime scene investigation for law enforcement
National Forensic Science Technology Center
Developed by crime scene experts, this comprehensive, step-by-step guide leads law enforcement through the crucial, first phase of the justice process. Free for download as a PDF or for your favorite e-reader.More

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Established by presidential directive in 2004, the initiative — administered by the Department of Homeland Security — raises cyber security awareness across the nation by engaging and educating public and private sector partners through a variety of events and programs. More

Dallas police Chief David Brown defends crime reporting practices
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas police Chief David Brown was asked what impact changes in crime reporting practices have had on overall crime reductions of the past 10 years. Brown defended his department's statistics, arguing that recent reporting changes have had only a minimal impact on the numbers.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

Upton County deputy shot and killed, suspect in custody
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle
Billy "Bubba" Kennedy, a 38-year-old deputy with the Upton County Sheriff's Office, was killed during a shootout at a local convenience store. The suspect, though in custody, has not been identified. The investigation of the incident is being handled by the Texas Rangers.More

Justices to test gun bans in upcoming case
The Associated Press
With the debate surrounding gun ownership rights in the spotlight, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case involving a Tennessee man's right to own a firearm, even though he has a 12-year-old misdemeanor domestic assault charge on his record. More

Meet 20for25, a new social networking site for law enforcement
NBC News
A new site — 20for25.com — has launched as a closed, secure social media site, for cops by cops. "Law enforcement professionals need a place to network, share training ideas and socialize in a medium that is safe and secure," the new site said in an announcement of its launch, Aug. 19. So before law enforcement officers can complete registration, 20for25 verifies their credentials with their employing agency.More