Texas Sheriffs Today
Feb. 7, 2014

No indictment for man who shot Burleson County deputy
The Associated Press via The Charlotte Observer
Henry Goedrich Magee was not indicted by a grand jury in the shooting that led to the death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders. At the time of the incident, Sowders was working with others to execute a search warrant for Magee's residence. The charge declined by the grand jury was capital murder. More

Harris County sheriff baffled by slaying of family
Officer.com via Houston Chronicle
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and his investigators struggled to find an explanation for the shooting deaths of a mother, father and their two sons in Cypress while pleading for the public's help in catching the killer. Five days after finding the family — all shot in the head in their bedrooms — investigators said they remain baffled and implored witnesses to come forward.More

Used police cars sold online, North Texas detectives seek impersonators
WFAA-TV via KHOU-TV
Boyd police recently retired a vehicle, the chief said, and it was supposed to be stripped of decals and equipment by the McKinney dealership that bought it. But someone advertised the car for sale on Craigslist "as-is" for $5,700. More

Dallas police team climbs skyscraper for officer's son
WFAA-TV
The "Big D Climb" is an annual fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A team from the Dallas Police department accepted the challenge for a child of one of their own — Senior Cpl. Curtis Steger.More

FBI reports increase of active shooter events, 2002-12
FBI
On April 20, 1999, two Columbine High School students killed twelve classmates and a teacher in Littleton, Colo. The shooters committed suicide before officers entered the school to intervene. Outrage on the part of the public and deep introspection by the police produced massive changes in law enforcement response to ongoing acts of violence.More

2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations
The University of Michigan
The National Registry of Exonerations has recorded 87 exonerations that occurred in 2013. The next highest total was in 2009, with 83 known exonerations. The difference is bound to grow as we learn about additional exonerations that occurred in 2013. More

5 tips for officer self-rescue
Law Officer
In light of the spate of attacks on officers, we reached out to long-time contributor and emergency medicine expert Eric Dickinson for some practical tips on tactical medicine and self-applied emergency first aid.More

How massacres are refining training techniques
PoliceOne
Rarely are there definitive revelations that arise when examining what went right or wrong in the aftermath of a tragedy. Infrequently is there an "a-ha!" moment about some foolproof trick we had somehow missed before. But each shooting and each attack provides minute details into how officers responded and how gunmen acted — and every small factor can bring us one step closer to a safer response. 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

Senate Judiciary Committee approves major drug sentencing reforms
Forbes
By a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Smarter Sentencing Act, which was introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, in July 2013. The Drug Policy Alliance calls it "the biggest overhaul in federal drug sentencing in decades." More

Ohio law enforcement uses social media to fight crime
WSYX-TV
Several law enforcement departments in central Ohio have discovered that social media can be a powerful tool to fight crime. For example, since 2012, Grove City police said they have used Facebook and Twitter to share safety information, public service announcements and crime alerts. More