Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 24, 2014

Rusk County sheriff, community cite success in 1st term
Since Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price has completed his first year in office, Henderson police officials said they have noticed more interdepartmental communication between the city and the county law enforcement agencies. "We know [Price's] department will help us if we need it, and we'll do the same for them," Henderson Police Lt. Craig Sweeney said.More

Texas police officer caught in act of kindness
According to Odessa Police Department Public Information Officer Steve Lesueur, a Facebook user sent the city of Odessa a photo of Corp. Jeremy Walsh giving a pair of his boots to a homeless man outside of a local bakery.More

New York City triple murder suspect captured in Texas
Miguel Mejia-Ramos, a father suspected of murdering his wife and two daughters in Queens, N.Y, is under arrest. Mejia-Ramos, 28, was the focus of a nationwide manhunt, and law enforcement in the small town of Schulenberg managed to take him into custody by tracking his cellphone. Lt. David Beyer of Fayette County Sheriff's Office confirms that they are working with police in New York to extradite the suspect back to that jurisdiction.More

Websites helping Texas law enforcement
In Texas, Amarillo may be ahead of the game when it comes to technology helping law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies in the area say they have been using the Crime Stoppers website since 2009. More

In reversal, FBI now emphasizes role in law enforcement
The Cable
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided to revise a controversial fact sheet that declared its primary mission to be "national security," following criticism that the agency seemed to be moving away from its longstanding role as the nation's preeminent law enforcement agency. More

Law and order for cyber war?
Cyber space offers new target opportunities for war-fighters. The fighting has already begun. In 2007, what was believed to be state-sponsored Russian hackers disrupted networks in Estonia with denial-of-service attacks against the Estonian parliament, national banks, government ministries, and media outlets during a political dispute. More

Challenges facing police trainers in 2014
Doug Wyllie says: I've been presenting expert opinions on various subjects a roundtable format for a few years now. Comprised of three or four questions and three or four participants, I've typically examined police products such as duty guns, body-worn cameras, and body armor. Now I'm asking four police trainers in my roster of writers, "What do you see as the biggest challenge facing police trainers in 2014, and what do you think should be done about it?"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

Mapping crime before it happens
The Crime Report
A new software application developed at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice uses crime and environmental data to identify, predict and map locations that may attract criminal activity.More

SAFE driving videos
Commission on POST
It takes courage to confront a partner about bad driving habits. It's much easier to just hope for change. This video encourages speaking up to help prevent officer-involved collisions.More

Smaller police forces slow to adopt social media
Star Tribune
Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota's Washington and Dakota counties have been slow in adopting social media, with only a handful of local police departments maintaining a semblance of an online presence.More