Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 9, 2015

As Texas looks to decriminalize marijuana, sheriffs
say 'no chance'

The Daily Caller
A new marijuana decriminalization bill has just been introduced to the Texas legislature, but the Texas Sheriff's Association has stated publicly that if they have any say, marijuana will not be coming to Texas any time soon, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. What's more, the sheriff's association doesn't at all believe that decriminalization is inevitable, despite the arguments of marijuana advocates.More

San Antonio police recover $60,000 in stolen property from
vehicle burglary bust

San Antonio Express-News
VideoBrief More than $60,000 in stolen property was recovered following a months-long investigation into vehicle burglaries on San Antonio's northwest side. San Antonio Police Department spokesman Douglas Greene said officers executed a search warrant at three separate locations and recovered property ranging from guns and electronics to vehicle parts, jewelry and luggage.More

Dallas Police Association optimistic about future with new DA
The Dallas Morning News
Now that police officers' troubled eight-year marriage to former District Attorney Craig Watkins is over, the public rift between law and order in Dallas has seemingly been healed — for now. The honeymoon period with new Republican DA Susan Hawk is in full swing. Hawk has delivered on a few key issues for the Dallas Police Association, the largest officer group in the city, including allowing the department's investigators back into grand jury hearings on shootings by police. The group's political arm poured unprecedented time and money into Hawk's campaign to unseat Watkins, a Democrat.More

Sheriff's office K-9 handler reprimanded over dog training techniques
Waco Tribune-Herald
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara reprimanded a former department K-9 handler after an internal investigation revealed the corporal's tactics transformed a once-sociable, skilled narcotics dog into a vicious animal that bit a deputy during an improper training exercise.More

Police pay restaurant tab, get homicide case
The Associated Press via Officer.com
Phoenix police say two officers' decision to pay for a troubled man's restaurant tab led to his being arrested in his roommate's stabbing death. Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the officers went to a restaurant where a man had said he had no money to pay for his meal. The officers concluded the man had some type of mental health issue, so they paid for his meal and tip and took him to a behavioral health facility rather than take him to jail, Thompson said. At the facility a short time later, the man told staff there he'd done something bad to his roommate, Thompson said.More

Indicators of an environmental crime
VideoBriefCoordinator for the EPA Martin Schwartz discusses how officers can spot environmental crimes. It is important patrol officers understand their role in dealing with potentially hazardous or complex environmental crimes. More

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: 126 law enforcement fatalities nationwide in 2014
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Law enforcement fatalities in the U.S. rose 24 percent in 2014, reversing what had been two years of dramatic declines in line of duty deaths, according to preliminary data compiled and released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. More

The future of getting arrested
Even the most straightforward arrest is built upon an incredibly complex foundation: The moment the handcuffs go on is the moment some of our society's most hotly contested ideas about justice, security and liberty are brought to bear on an individual. It's also a moment that's poised to change dramatically, as law enforcement agencies around the country adopt new technology — from predictive-policing software to surveillance cameras programmed to detect criminal activity — and incorporate emerging research into the work of apprehending suspects.More