Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 4, 2013

Law enforcement fatalities down nationally,
high in Texas

The Associated Press via Corpus Christi Caller-Times
The number of law enforcement officers who died performing their duties in the U.S. declined by about 20 percent in 2012 after rising the two previous years, a nonprofit organization reported. While numbers were low nationally, Texas had the highest number of law enforcement fatalities at 10.More

Dallas County sheriff's deputy breaks up kidnapping during traffic stop
A Dallas County sheriff's deputy freed a kidnapping victim during a recent routine traffic stop. Gregory Ramos Guzman, 43, and Ruben Segoviano, 38, each face charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping and presumably were still ticketed for speeding.More

South Texas police target gangs with checkpoints
The Associated Press via Corrections.com
For more than a year, police in a South Texas town have been targeting gang members with roadside checkpoints, raising questions of profiling and unreasonable searches. The checkpoints set up periodically by San Juan police ostensibly check for insurance, seat belts and driver's licenses, but police Chief Juan Gonzalez said they are a tool in curtailing the area's gang activity.More

Houston Police Department grant connects departments
Cypress Creek Mirror
A Houston Police Department grant aims to give law enforcement agencies all over the region access to regional crime data necessary to solve crimes across jurisdictional boundaries. Both Precinct 4 Constable's Office and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office along with partners in Pasadena and Fort Bend are looking to join HPD in the Law Enforcement Information Exchange initiative.More

Mission police deploy Firetide's mesh video surveillance network
Firetide Inc., a provider of high-performance wireless infrastructure mesh networks, announced that the Mission Police Department has successfully completed phase two deployment of Firetide’s wireless infrastructure mesh video surveillance network. The newly expanded video security network enables Mission police to watch for crimes in progress and better protect the citizens of the community.More

Record high seat belt use applauded but more work remains
Governor's Highway Safety Association
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the results of the 2012 National Occupant Protection Use Survey, which indicated that the national seat belt use rate has reached a record high — 86 percent. Despite being strained by retirements, budget cutting and increased responsibilities, law enforcement remains dedicated to reducing dangerous behavior on our roadways and making sure we all arrive home safely.More

New technology aims to keep drunken drivers from driving
CBS News
Bud Zaouk is leading a research team creating technology that could help save 10,000 lives a year — the number killed last year in drunken driving incidents. The $10-million funding for Zaouk's project is split between 16 carmakers and the federal government. However, it's opposed by the American Beverage Institute, which represents 8,000 chain restaurants in the U.S.More

High-res photos coming to Arlington red-light cameras
Arlington is installing red-light cameras with improved technology. The city is beginning to install new cameras that produce high-resolution pictures and 12-second video clips that further illustrate a possible violation, offer 24-hour video surveillance and can monitor up to 20 vehicles at once for more than 300 feet. While the new cameras can also detect speed, Arlington police say they won't be used to issue speeding violations.More

License plate reader device sparks debate
The Salt Lake Tribune
Like the fictional "Big Brother" who always was watching, new machines now give police a growing ability to record license plate numbers of vehicles almost anywhere — at crime scenes, on freeways or in parking lots. So a legislative debate has begun about controlling how such data may be used, and how long it may be stored.More

Academies give residents a glimpse at a life in law enforcement
The Eagle
Brazos County residents will have the opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge about the operation of local law enforcement agencies beginning next month. Those interested can now apply to enlist in new classes of the College Station Police Department's Citizen Police Academy, the Brazos County Citizens' Sheriff's Academy and the Bryan Police Department's Citizen Police Academy for both English and Spanish speakers.More