Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 23, 2015

Bexar County promotes 1st woman detention captain
For the first time, the Detention Division of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in San Antonio has promoted a woman to the rank of captain. Laura Balditt also is the first Hispanic woman to be promoted to this rank in the agency's history.More

Collin County sheriff won't seek re-election
The Dallas Morning News
Collin County Sheriff Terry G. Box has announced that he won't seek reelection when his current term ends on Dec. 31, 2016. Box has been involved in law enforcement for 47 years — and has served as Collin County's sheriff for 30 years — since 1985.More

Border sheriff ends partnership with Crime Stoppers
In an effort to clean up the image of corruption in law enforcement, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra has cut ties with the civilian-run Crime Stoppers program after its integrity continuously came into question. Along the Texas border, the Crime Stoppers program is a partnership that raises funds to pay rewards for anonymous tips that are called in to law enforcement. Guerra said he was separating his department from Crime Stoppers after a thorough review of all of the departments in his office.More

Harris County Sheriff Department's 10 most wanted fugitives
Bay Area Citizen
The Harris County Sheriff Department recently released a list of their 10 most wanted fugitives list. The suspects are wanted on a variety of crimes including aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault.More

Attorney General halts asset forfeiture program
U.S. Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric Holder issued an order setting forth a new policy prohibiting federal agency forfeiture of assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies, with a limited public safety exception.More

Study: Positive personality traits may protect police at high risk for PTSD
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Personal traits — such as resilience, satisfaction with life and a grateful disposition — may help shield police officers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of a natural disaster. This is the case even though police officers are repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and those events have been found to provoke PTSD. These are the conclusions of a new University at Buffalo study that examined police officers in the New Orleans area both during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.More

Why are officers so mentally tough? It's genetic
One of the most interesting recent developments in the study of mental toughness is emerging evidence of the role of genetics and physiology in mindset and elite performance across all areas of human response to challenge. This evolving perspective seems to once again raise the chicken and egg question of whether it is biology or psychology, talent or training, which controls mental toughness and quality of performance in high stress situations. More

New study: Police officers wearing body cameras 50 percent less likely to use force
The Daily Mail
A recently published study has found that police equipped with body cameras reduced their use of force by around 50 percent, and complaints by the public against them dropped by almost 90 percent. The startling figures were revealed as part of a research study conducted by the University of Cambridge and was based on a 12-month trial conducted among 1,000 officers in Rialto, California. More

Video of police officer lip-syncing 'Shake it Off' goes viral
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
A video of a bald and burly Delaware police officer enthusiastically lip-syncing to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" is getting global attention. The video, posted to the Dover Police Department's Facebook page, shows Master Cpl. Jeff Davis in uniform, driving a patrol car while lip-syncing to the popular pop song — sassy head rolls and finger-pointing included. More