Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 3, 2014

Memorial held for Sgt. Adam Sowders
KAGS-TV
"Only days before being recognized as peace officer of the year, Adam [Sowders] had responded to a call involving a mentally disturbed person where he established dialogue and convinced him to give up his weapon and surrender to officers," said Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud.More

Brazos Valley law enforcement helping Texas end fatality streak on roads
The Eagle
The number of fatal traffic accidents in Texas took a dip in 2013 by about 340, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. That decline is a positive sign for the second-deadliest state to drive in, said Trooper Jimmy Morgan. But there is one statistic that safety officials want to come to an end in 2014.More

DPS trooper seizes $44,000 worth of marijuana
KVII-TV
A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper found more than 98 pounds of marijuana on Christmas Eve. During a traffic stop, the trooper discovered 19 bundles of marijuana in the stopped vehicle. DPS said the estimated value of the drugs is approximately $44,000.More

US law enforcement deaths fall to 50-year low, report finds
The Guardian
The number of law enforcement deaths dropped to its lowest level in 54 years in 2013, according to a report published from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The preliminary data shows that traffic accidents were the leading cause of officer death, with 46 killed. The second leading cause of death was firearms, which accounted for 33 officer fatalities.More

FBI warns of 'Feed Horn' scheme
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI warns that criminals are using aluminum foil to steal thousands of dollars from retail stores and gas stations. More

The 3 most important days of your life
Law Enforcement Today
Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Most cops, when asked, say they became a cop for two reasons: "I always wanted to be a cop," and "I want to help people."More

Composite sketches waning amid new technology, but some still use them
The Washington Post
As two Maryland women walked into a wooded area in late October, a man followed them. He sexually assaulted one and robbed them both at gunpoint. Minutes later and yards away, he did it again, robbing a group of three teenagers, sexually assaulting a teenage girl. With no cameras to record the crime and few leads, police turned to a seemingly anachronistic investigative tool — the composite sketch.More

Trusting the crosswalk button in your department
By Capt. Jeffrey Williams
Why is so much apparent anger directed toward the crosswalk button? The button will work by just pushing it once, but after repeated battering, it eventually will not work and will need to be repaired or replaced. Why don't pedestrians trust the crosswalk button?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

Argyle police earn honor
Denton Record Chronicle
The Argyle Police Department recently became the fourth agency in Denton County to receive “recognized” status from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program.More

North Dakota Supreme Court rules drug dog search was legal
The Associated Press via The Bismark Tribune
North Dakota's high court says marijuana and other drug paraphernalia that police found at a Fargo apartment by a drug-sniffing dog should be considered admissible evidence. The ruling goes against concerns voiced by the defense, as they believe such searches are biased against those who do not own their own home.More

In Ohio, law to alert police who face violent mentally ill
The Columbus Dispatch
Three years after Clark County Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper was ambushed and killed by a deranged man, a new rule has gone into effect requiring courts to notify police about violent offenders with a mental illness.More