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Texas sheriffs seek mental health funding for jail inmates
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Sheriff's departments across the state agree that mental illness is a top concern facing county jails. It's a sad truth that Texas sheriffs want to change. Twenty-four percent of Texas inmates have a serious mental illness. "Booking those people in jail is not the answer," Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said. The Sheriffs Association of Texas wants more funding to help treat those people. Right now, Texas ranks last in the nation in per capita mental health funding at $39 a head, well under the national average of $125. Many times the burden of housing and treating those people falls to the prison system. More

Bexar County sheriff returns iconic Stetson to uniforms
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The iconic Stetson hat, long a part of Texas law enforcement lore, is returning to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office after a two-decade ban. Citing requests from deputies after she took office Jan. 1, Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said she's allowing the classic western hats as optional headgear for deputies in uniform. She said the hats could boost morale and help distinguish deputies from city police officers. More

Austin police change witness ID policy
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Austin police announced that they have altered how they conduct photo lineups to identify suspects, a long-used investigative technique that has come under widespread scrutiny in recent years. Detectives are giving witnesses in the vast majority of their cases images of potential suspects one by one, or sequentially, rather than simultaneously. In recent years, experts have argued that the use of sequential lineups reduces the likelihood of accusing the wrong person of a crime. More

Report: Man admits aiming laser pointer at Dallas Police chopper
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A Dallas man is facing serious charges after investigators say he pointed a laser at one of the Dallas Police Department's Air One helicopters. It happened about 3:50 a.m. Monday near Hillburn Drive and Lake June Road in Southeast Dallas. Police were searching for burglary suspects in a wooded area and called in the aircraft for help. While the chopper was searching, police said a man pointed a green laser at it from his backyard. Kenneth Santodomingo, 22, was later arrested and taken to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. According to the incident report, the laser impaired the pilot and affected his ability to control the helicopter. More

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East Texas law enforcement agencies stocking up on ammo
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Angelina County and Nacogdoches County sheriff's offices have plenty of ammunition for now, but that's not stopping them from ordering more and preparing for the future. Reports of Texas law enforcement agencies running low on ammo and potentially cutting back on training to conserve bullets has East Texas sheriffs concerned. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches says their stock pile of arms and ammo is good. But Sanches says as long as there is a shortage, the county is going to plan ahead. The same goes for Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges and his department. More

Alice Police receive new ticket-writing technology
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Officers with the Alice Police Department learned how to use a new high tech means of writing citations: Motorola Ticket Writers. The devices are able to scan a driver's license, and scan the barcode on a motor vehicle inspection sticker. It then connects to a small printer and prints out a ticket. It is supposed to make the process easier for police officers and court clerks. More

Florida's prostitution buster: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
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On his most recent sting, Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd, with the help of dozens of deputies and detectives in his cybercrime unit, netted 78 alleged prostitutes and johns — from a police-academy trainee who was set to graduate in less than a week; a retired, married American Airlines pilot; to a California porn star named Asia. And that sweep was nothing unusual. Now, despite criticism that his stings wrongly targets consensual adults, Judd is happy that his operation has become a national model. More and more communities have been conducting such sweeps, often publicizing the names of johns and prostitutes on the Web, as Judd does. More

NYPD testing technology that would detect concealed weapons on citizens
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The NYPD says it is testing a new device that would allow officers to detect if citizens are carrying a weapon without having to pat them down. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device, which resembles body scanners used at airports, reads body energy to find out whether someone is concealing a weapon. The Wall Street Journal reports the device, known as a "T-Ray Machine" reads terahertz radiation, which is natural energy emitted by humans and inanimate objects. The radiation can penetrate many objects, including clothing. More

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