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Denton sheriff to read historic letter during ceremony at Alamo
Denton Record-Chronicle
Texas history buffs know of the "Victory or Death" letter. The letter, written in 1836 by William Barrett Travis, who was pleading for help during the battle at the Alamo, will be publicly read for the first time by one of his distant relatives, Denton County Sheriff Will Travis, during a ceremony later this month. Travis is a fifth-generation great-nephew of the commander of the Texian rebels.
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3 sheriffs sworn-in to NSA Board of Directors
National Sheriffs' Association
The National Sheriffs' Association Board of Directors appointed and swore-in three sheriffs during the NSA Winter Conference Board Meeting on Feb. 2 in Washington, D.C. Appointed were Sheriff Susan Benton, Highlands County, Fla.; Sheriff Scott L. Jay, Beckham County, Okla.; and Sheriff Christopher C. Kirk, Brazos County, Texas. Each will be placed on the ballot at the NSA Annual Conference in Charlotte, N.C., on June 25 to determine their continued position on the board, as well as the length of the term. At this time, there are four board positions open with varying terms of one, two or three years.
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Bloodhounds part of law enforcement family
Aiken Standard
Claws rattle the chain-link fences and ripple across the metal, and a chorus of deep, loud barks fills the air as Lt. Chad Hyler unlocks the kennel area at the Aiken County, S.C., Sheriff's Office. "They're excited. They think we're gonna go somewhere," he said of the dogs that are part of the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team. The sheriff's office currently houses eight dogs, but is equipped to house up to 12, according to Hyler. All the dogs are what is known as "SLED stock" — a mixture developed by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division of full-blooded bloodhound, Redbone and Bluetick hounds. The Bloodhound Tracking Team consists of officers from the sheriff's office, the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
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Forsyth, Ga., Sheriff's Office goes electronic with pawnbrokers' reports
Cumming Patch
A change to Forsyth County's pawn shop ordinance should make Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigator's jobs a little easier, as they take advantage of technology to speed the reporting process. Expect to have your picture taken if you pawn, pledge, trade or exchange an item if the amendment passes. The Forsyth County Commission plans to vote on this proposal. Pawn shops already enter pawn tickets into their own computer systems and send it to the Sheriff's Office to be entered into the state system, said Lt. Col Richard J. Doyle, director of Operations for the Sheriff's Office. Now they'll have to submit a report by 9 a.m. each day of the previous 24 hours of all property pledged, received, traded, bartered, bought or otherwise acquired by the licensee.
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Jacksonville, Fla., sheriff's cold case team of 5 celebrates successes
First Coast News
Homicide investigators openly acknowledge the first 48 hours is crucial in solving any murder, but what happens when years pass by? The cold case team gets the call. Recently, a cold-case investigation that had been ongoing for more than 10 years ended in solving a 1984 case that involved the rape and murder of a Jacksonville, Fla., 10 year-old girl. James Leon Jackson, 60, is now behind bars. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office cold case team is five strong and has unsolved murder cases on its plate that go back to World War II. Sgt. Ronnie Booker, who heads up the team, says 1,400 cases currently are being worked in some fashion.
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Law enforcement officials see more cases of 'excited delirium'
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Lt. Chuck Haggard, of the Topeka Police Department, is one of the city's experts on excited delirium. He discusses his experiences with the condition, described as "a state of extreme mental and physiological excitement, characterized by extreme agitation, hyperthermia, hostility, exceptional strength and endurance without apparent fatigue." The phenomenon, which is still relatively unknown, is most often associated with illicit drug use and may result in sudden death.
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Most law enforcement agencies sell seized weapons at auction
Tulsa World
Despite an ongoing national discussion on the availability of guns, many law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and elsewhere supplement their budgets through sales of seized weapons — various firearms often taken off the street from criminals. After they have been used as evidence, the seized weapons may either get melted down — a policy the Tulsa Police Department has observed for more than a decade — or they are sold, re-entering the public.
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Survey: Law enforcement slow to adopt cloud computing
Cloud computing adoption remains low among law enforcement agencies, according to the results of a recent survey. According to a Ponemon Institute survey of 272 officials, most of them chief executives of police or sheriff departments, 46 percent of law enforcement agencies are not considering utilizing cloud computing. Thirty-eight percent say they're considering it, or planning for adoption within the next two years, and 16 percent say they use it now. Ponemon did the survey at the behest of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and cloud computing promoter SafeGov.
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