Texas Sheriffs Today
Feb. 14, 2014

13 illegal immigrants found by Nueces County deputy
Nueces County Sheriff's Sgt. Louis Forte came across what he thought was an abandoned SUV near West Point. When Louis went to check on the vehicle, he noticed six people in the SUV, and he realized they were illegal immigrants. The immigrants told Forte that they had been on the road for a few days, without food and water. Then Forte checked the back of the SUV and found seven more immigrants.More

Angelina County contracts with TSU, sheriff for tobacco enforcement
The Lufkin News
Angelina County commissioners recently approved an interlocal, co-operational contract with Texas State University, authorizing the sheriff's office to obtain a grant and participate in a tobacco enforcement program.More

Haltom City makes arrests in 'warm-up' auto thefts
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The "warm-up" gang is in the cooler. Three suspects were recently taken into custody, accused of stealing at least 11 vehicles that were left idling and unattended in driveways in Haltom City and north Fort Worth on recent cold mornings. More

Texas resident recognized nationally for law enforcement support
The Liberty County Vindacator
Many say they are supporters of law enforcement, but Carter Hooper is one of those people who shows his support boldly. Hooper, a Coast Guard-certified captain and head guide for H&H Coastal Hunting and Fishing of Anahuac, recently received national recognition for his ongoing support of state troopers.More

Dallas chief wants officers tweeting from crime scenes
Dallas Police Chief David Brown wants police officers to operate with social media in mind, including sending tweets from crime scenes. "We want officers to be prepared to use social media to speak directly to citizens in the case of major critical incidents, like the bombings in Boston," the department said in a recent statement. More

South Texas deputy indicted in hot vehicle deaths of police K-9s
The Associated Press via The Republic
In 2012, two police dogs were left in a hot patrol vehicle, which unfortunately led to their deaths. A Bexar County grand jury recently indicted Deputy Steve Benoy on counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Benoy has been on administrative leave since the incident. More

Rhode Island high court: Cellphone evidence in murder case
Providence Journal
What privacy rights we can expect on text messages we send and receive proved central to arguments before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The high court, before a packed courtroom, heard arguments in the murder case of Michael Patino. The state asked the court to overturn a ruling throwing out most of the evidence against Patino. More

6 traits of a successful police leader
Law Enforcement Today
There has been much said and written about what constitutes a successful leader. From arguing about leaders being born or developed to defining differing leadership styles based on personality inventories the opinions are vast and the leadership development industry is robust. More

3 judge panel grants 2-year delay prison population caps
U.S. District Courts via CPOA
The three-judge panel overseeing California's prison system placed a Feb. 28, 2016 deadline on when the state must hit the 137.5 percent population cap. Click here to read the full ruling. More

Remains identified as missing Virginia police captain
Remains discovered in Virginia recently are those of missing police officer Kevin Quick, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman has confirmed. Quick was a reserve captain — a volunteer officer — in the small central Virginia city of Waynesboro.More

3 times social media perpetuated false crimes
On social media, it's easy to confuse trustworthy information with gossip. As users turn more to their Facebook or Twitter feeds for news and information — especially in times of crisis — conflicting stories create concerning safety issues, whether it's interfering with police investigations or spreading false information. 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

Law enforcement strikes back at Bitcoin hearing
The New York Times
Law enforcement officials testified recently that virtual currencies like Bitcoin had opened up new avenues for crime that government has not been able to keep up with. Richard B. Zabel, a prosecutor with the U.S. attorney in New York City, went through a list of six ways in which virtual currencies were more prone to crime than current forms of money transfer, including the ease with which money could be laundered over borders at the click of a mouse.More

New York police testing Google Glass with facial-recognition technology
EFE via GlobalPost
The New York City Police Department has begun Google Glass trials in order to quickly provide agents with information about suspects through facial-recognition technology, it has been confirmed. The innovative product from Google, not yet available to the general public, allows users to access many smartphone features and apps directly on the glasses.More