Texas Sheriffs Today
Feb. 21, 2014

Brazos County Sheriff's Office gets advanced technology
Brazos County is one of the first in the nation to have this video technology. Brazos County deputies are now wearing cameras. It's a small device that captures high-quality video and audio. The wearable cameras record video from an officers point of view. While their jobs in the field are different, when they're on the job, any Brazos County deputy can be put in harm's way. More

Bexar County sheriff receives Texas Peace Officer license
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau can now officially arrest you. Pamerleau announced she has officially completed the required 740 hours of training to become certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has passed her Peace Officer exam. More

Wanted child predator surrenders to Angelina County sheriff
Child predator, Marvelous Touché Napoleon, 29, of Lufkin, turned himself in to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, for failing to register as a sex offender after he assaulted a 15-year-old girl. Prior to turning himself in, Napoleon's last known location was near Walker Loop, but he disappeared in late 2013.More

Texas law enforcement agencies unite for 2014 'Warrant Round Up'
The Tribune
"This is by far the largest concerted law enforcement effort in Texas," said Director and Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle. "We do this program simultaneously with other jurisdictions to bring about greater public awareness, which will hopefully encourage someone to resolve their case or cases before they are arrested," said Hartle. More

Witness says gunman laughed about killing Texas police officer
Lubbock Avalance-Journal
Brandon Daniel, a former software engineer accused of killing San Antonio police Officer Jaime Padron, laughed after the shooting and said, "I killed a cop." This is according to witness testimony told jurors during the opening day of Daniel's trial.More

Biker who taunted Texas police with 'catch me if you can' captured
The Washington Times
Alberto Rodriguez taunted San Antonio police with a "catch me if you can" message on his Facebook account — and Texas law enforcement obliged. Rodriguez, who prosecutors say recklessly darted through traffic at 100 mph on a stolen vehicle and then posted the helmet-camera footage on Facebook, was apprehended.More

Study finds crime rates higher in counties with Wal-Mart additions
The Huntsville Item
The study — "Rolling back prices and raising crime rates? The Wal-Mart effect on crime in the United States," — examined 3,109 counties across the United States, comparing property and violent crime rates in 767 counties where Wal-Mart expanded with similar counties where they did not build.More

3 key components for developing future leaders
Personnel development involves a mindset wherein the current administration not only cares about the present leadership, but also about the future. By developing your personnel, you are building not only effective police leadership for your current leaders, but building the agency’s future leadership as well.More

Letting the outside in with law enforcement crowdsourcing
Law Enforcement Today
Paul Gratton Jr. says: Behind the front lines, we are evolving to understand that we can take the time to seek input from others in administrative decision-making. We are slowly, and often begrudgingly, shedding the because-I-said-so attitude. This old-school, hardline and narrowly-focused approach that was once the cornerstone of police culture is finally waning. Enter the age of law enforcement crowdsourcing.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

Minnesota Supreme Court: Accident victim can't sue deputy who hit her
Star Tribune
In a 4-3 decision with implications for both law enforcement agencies and the public, the Minnesota Supreme Court said the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is immune from legal recourse because Deputy Jason Majeski didn't violate office procedure or act maliciously when he sped through a snowy intersection with lights flashing on Christmas Day 2009.More

Baltimore police to invest in gunshot detection system
The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore police will soon install a gunshot detection system in east and west Baltimore, under a $305,000 state grant that won city approval recently. The ShotSpotter system will use receivers posted in neighborhoods to detect the sound of gunfire.More

Kentucky State Police adds Instagram to social media lineup
The Kentucky State Police have added Instragram to their current social media strategy. The agency already hosts a large following on its Facebook and Twitter pages, and hopes that Instagram will compliment those existing formats. "We intend to share a side of the agency that the public doesn't always get to see," said spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb.More

Georgia troopers go the extra mile for family during winter storm
A Hall County, Ga., family thanked a state trooper who came to the rescue when the family's heat went out during the recent winter storm. It took four troopers to make it happen, but they were able to track down the right sized wick, drive it from one jurisdiction to another and deliver it to the family who did not have any other heat source.More