Texas Sheriffs Today
Feb. 13, 2015

Open carry, campus carry advance in Texas Senate; SAT president comments
VideoBrief Two hotly-debated gun bills are one step closer to possibly becoming law in Texas. Campus carry and licensed open carry bills were approved by the Senate State Affairs Committee Thursday evening. More than a hundred people signed up to testify either for or against the legislation. While most law enforcement witnesses expressed general opposition to the campus carry and open carry legislation, there were notable exceptions. SAT President and Jackson County Sheriff A.J. Louderback said he opposes unlicensed open carry and would recommend those carrying openly to undergo additional training.More

Texas National Guard wants 'predictability' on border surge
The Associated Press via ABC News
Facing a longer mission on the Texas-Mexico border than planned since being deployed last summer, the Texas National Guard on Wednesday sought "predictability" for the troops who are sleeping in motels and watching for a dwindling number of people illegally entering the U.S. The request to Texas lawmakers came as nearly $1 billion in border security spending since 2008 drew scrutiny, and Gov. Greg Abbott remained silent over whether the guard is leaving soon or not.More

Presidio County Sheriff's Office to seek DWI enforcement grant
Big Bend Now
The Presidio County Sheriff's Office was granted permission from the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting to apply for the Texas Department of Transportation Impaired Driving Mobilization grant. Administrative Assistant Shanna Elmore said this grant would reimburse the sheriff's department for conducting driving while intoxicated enforcement during the holidays.More

Grand jury clears sheriff's employees after inmate's death
Houston Chronicle
A Harris County grand jury has cleared eight sheriff employees of criminal wrongdoing for their roles last year in restraining a jail inmate who pleaded he was going to pass out as he was taken to an infirmary and later died in a hospital.More

Off-duty Montague County deputy shot, hilled in disturbance call
VideoBrief An off-duty Montague County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot at his home in Nocona overnight Sunday when local police responded to a disturbance call, officials say. In a news conference Monday morning, Sheriff Paul Cunningham said that Deputy Larry Hostetter, 41, was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m. Monday at a Nocona hospital after being shot at a home on Jordan Drive.More

Deputies lock down West Dallas alternative school after 'shots fired' hoax
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas sheriff's deputies are investigating who broadcast two "shots fired" messages Wednesday morning on the department's dispatch channel. Sheriff's deputies quickly locked down the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program school in West Dallas, but they found no one hurt and no indication there had been a shooting.More

FBI director: US at crossroads on race relations, policing
The Associated Press via The New York Times
The United States is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, presenting "hard truths" that the public and police must confront, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday. He stepped squarely into the national discussion about police conduct and officers' interactions with minority communities, explaining that he "felt like we haven't had a healthy dialogue, and I don't want to see these important issues drift away."More

Handgun shooting drills: Targets and timing
By Chad Thompson
If you've been dry-fire practicing since the first article, you’re probably ready for some other drills to work on to see your progress and minimize the tendency to get bored. I now recommend that you either make your own downsized targets or buy some, but you need a series of targets that will simulate what you may encounter at a match, including small metric, classic and steel targets. Get as detailed as you would like because the more realistic the targets, the more comfortable you will be when you see one just like that at a match.More

Ford unveils new Police Interceptor models
Detroit Free-Press via Officer.com
Ford is using the hometown field to show the updated 2016 Police Interceptor utility vehicle and sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. The vehicles, plus the Ford Explorer and Taurus they are based on, are both made at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. The crime-fighting vehicles get a new look and features for this summer. The front and rear have been redesigned, there are new headlamps and instrument panel and a better electrical system for a vehicle laden with extra equipment.More