Texas Sheriffs Today
Jan. 30, 2015

Wise County sheriff's K-9 officer shot dead by suspect
A Wise County Sheriff's Office K-9 officer has been shot dead, and the man believed to have killed the K-9 is also dead. According to authorities, a pursuit ensued after a male driver refused to pull over for Montague County Sheriff's deputies.More

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

Retired game warden captain joins Victoria Count Sheriff's Office
Victoria Advocate
Victoria County Sheriff's Office appointed Rex Mayes, a former game warden, to captain of law enforcement. Mayes retired as captain of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division in August after 31 years of service. He'll take over as the captain of law enforcement at the sheriff's office Monday.More

Congressman's border plans include more aerial surveillance
VideoBrief A delegation of border sheriffs and lawmakers led by Congressman Michael McCaul met at Anzalduas Park on Sunday to discuss border security. McCaul is the chairman for the Committee on Homeland SecurityMore

Nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana found in toilet service truck
Almost 1,500 pounds of marijuana was confiscated Wednesday from a toilet vacuum service truck, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. According to police, a Fayette County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit pulled the truck over for a traffic violation around 1:30 p.m. on Interstate 10.More

Rigell, US House Strengthen human trafficking laws
U.S. House of Representatives
Recently, the House of Representatives passed, and Congressman Scott Rigell supported, 12 bipartisan anti-human trafficking bills. Collectively, these important pieces of legislation will strengthen current anti-trafficking laws, improve the tools available to law enforcement, identify and develop best practices to prevent human trafficking, open up additional resources for victims in recovery, and train government employees on how to properly detect and respond to human trafficking. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.More

Senate panel backs mandatory reporting of sexual assault
The Daily Progress
Over the objections of student advocates, a Senate panel approved legislation making the reporting of sexual assaults to police mandatory for employees of public colleges and universities. The higher education subcommittee also backed less controversial measures, including a requirement that public and private schools document on academic transcripts whether a student was dismissed because of a sexual assault or dropped out of school to avoid an investigation.More

FBI releases preliminary semiannual crime statistics for 2014
Statistics released in the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in both the number of violent crimes and the number of property crimes reported for the first six months of 2014 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2013. The report is based on information from 11,009 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program for the first six months of 2013 and 2014.More

Police to Google: Disable cop tracking in Waze app
USA Today
For many commuters, the mobile navigation service Waze is a must-download app for your smartphone. However, police believe the app's ability to mark officers' whereabouts could lead to trouble. According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials want Google to shut off Waze's ability to mark the location of police officers within the app because they fear it puts cops in danger.More