Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 16, 2015

SAT truck raffle: Tickets on sale through March 14
In cooperation with the Benny Boyd Auto Group, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas will be raffling a new truck. This is going to be a great fundraiser for SAT by providing additional funds to support our programs and services that we have been able to provide over the years.

Raffle tickets are $100 each. Only 1,270 will be available. Ticket sales have begun. You can purchase yours online or by contacting your local sheriff's office or the SAT office at 512-445-5888. Raffle ticket sales will go through March 14.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the Star of Texas Rodeo, held in Austin, on March 28. Winners do not need to be present to win; however, you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket. A valid ID must be presented in order to claim the prize. Keep in mind that winners will be responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.More

Former Dallas, Tarrant county deputy sheriff dies at 67
The Dallas Morning News
Robert Allen Knowles Jr. developed a national reputation as a jail expert during his more than 40 years as a deputy sheriff in Dallas and Tarrant counties. Officials from across the country toured his jails to observe his practices. He testified as an expert witness in trials involving jail issues. Knowles, executive chief deputy of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, died of upper respiratory illnesses at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He was 67.More

Harris County Sheriff's Office announces plan to use businesses' surveillance cameras
VideoBrief The Harris County Sheriff's Office hopes to protect the community better by broadening their view of the community. They'll do that by utilizing surveillance cameras that are already in place at dozens of businesses across the county. If a crime happens at a business that has the Secure Watch sign in the door, the sheriff's office can tap into security cameras within seconds and pass on information to responding deputies as it happens. More

10 dead, 5 injured in West Texas prison bus crash
The Associated Press and USA Today via WFAA-TV
VideoBriefEight inmates and two corrections officers died Wednesday when a prison bus skidded off an icy West Texas highway, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train, authorities said. Justice department spokesman Jason Clark says the bus was carrying 12 prisoners and three corrections officers. Clark says the bus was taking the inmates from a prison in Abilene to another in El Paso.More

Dallas County Sheriff joins amicus brief in support of US government's immigration measures
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has stepped into a showdown in the Brownsville courtroom of U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. This week, Valdez joined in a friend-of-the-court brief from law enforcement chiefs that supports Obama's measures to provide work permits and deportation halts on a case-by-case basis to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.More

Attorney general announces new partnership with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of Amber Alert System
U.S. Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that as the nation observes National Amber Alert Awareness Day, the Justice Department has partnered with Facebook and Bing to expand the reach of the Amber Alert system. Facebook will begin sending alerts to its members in designated search areas, and Bing will allow users to access Amber Alerts through its online tools. Holder continued to urge other companies and organizations to step forward and do their part by offering whatever assistance they can provide. More

5 tips for successful police leadership in 2015
The beginning of a new year provides a good opportunity to reflect upon the prior year and identify key strategic goals for the coming year. This process, as we know it, is commonly referred to as "making new year's resolutions." Most often, resolutions are of a personal nature — lose weight, go to the gym more often, save money and spend more time with the family. But what about leadership resolutions? Law enforcement leaders are not easily deterred from anything at anytime. Here are five suggested leadership resolutions — in no particular ranking order — for law enforcement in 2015.More

Stress management: The consequences of using lethal force
By Mark Bond
How each person copes with stress and grieving is as diverse as personalities. There is no established protocol to follow or systematic set of instructions that work for every officer after being involved in a lethal force encounter. Law enforcement training focuses on making critical decisions under stress within the laws and department policies. Police officers spend hundreds of hours during their career preparing for the worst-case scenario they pray never comes.More