Texas Sheriffs Today
Feb. 28, 2014

Texas court decides against cell phone searches by police
The Associated Press via KTVT-TV
In a decisive 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said investigators must have a warrant in order to search the cell phones of suspects. The case stems from an incident where a student was arrested, and his phone was confiscated and later searched, while in custody.More

Collingsworth sheriff resigns as part of plea deal
Back in November, Jerry Allen was indicted on two misdemeanor charges. Allen was charged with official misconduct and abuse of official capacity because he hired his step-daughter to work in the Collingsworth County Sheriff's office. In Texas, it is illegal for elected officials to hire relatives to work for them. He resigned and surrendered his peace officer's license as part of a plea deal with District Attorney John Heatly. More

3 arrested after deputies seize 53 pounds of marijuana
Three Texas men are now behind bars after investigators found them in possession of 53 pounds of marijuana with a street value worth of $42,000. Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that investigators were in the Douglass area conducting a follow-up on an investigation when they saw two vehicles pull into the parking lot of a local business.More

Dallas police launch new social media initiatives, including news website
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Police Department has long had plans in the works to revamp their online presence and settled on the new strategy with the help of a $43,000 communications consultant. Few other police departments have such a comprehensive social media strategy, said Shawn Williams, the community affairs manager.More

West Texas cities share Wolfforth's struggle to find police candidates
Amarillo Globe-News
Wolfforth is one of many municipalities that can't find applicants to fill their public safety positions. Wolfforth Police Chief Rick Scott told Wolfforth Council members at a Feb. 3 meeting that he had advertised two open positions through several law enforcement publications and through various government organizations but had received no applicants. 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

Women in policing: 9 tips for mentors and mentees
It is human nature to seek out people who are like-minded with similar backgrounds, experiences and values. And it's easier to mentor and be mentored by someone whose style is more like our own. Certainly all women are not alike, but with three generations of women firmly established in policing, women mentoring other women should be a given. More

How changing technology affects security
Security is a tradeoff — a balancing act between attacker and defender. Unfortunately, that balance is never static. Changes in technology affect both sides. Society uses new technologies to decrease the scope of defection — what attackers can get away with — and attackers use new technologies to increase it. What's interesting is the difference between how the two groups incorporate new technologies.More

Maryland law enforcement express concerns with marijuana legalization
The Baltimore Sun
Leaders in the Maryland law enforcement community cautioned against loosening marijuana laws recently, saying it would undermine drug enforcement. They also said it was premature to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized pot. More

New York's high court rules on police lying to suspects
The Associated Press via Officer
According to a recent decision by the New York Supreme Court, law enforcement officers can lie to suspects during an interrogation, but there is a line they cannot cross. Once police lie to a degree that is considered "patently coercive," any confession that follows cannot be used.More

Iowa Senate approves stun gun training standardization
The Associated Press via Bradenton Herald
Law enforcement agencies in Iowa would need to go through standardized stun gun training classes before they can use them, according to a new piece of legislation that recently passed the state's Senate.More