Texas Sheriffs Today
Mar. 6, 2015

SAT truck raffle: Tickets on sale through March 14
In cooperation with the Benny Boyd Auto Group, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas will be raffling a new truck. This is going to be a great fundraiser for SAT by providing additional funds to support our programs and services that we have been able to provide over the years.

Raffle tickets are $100 each. Only 1,270 will be available. Ticket sales have begun. You can purchase yours online or by contacting your local sheriff's office or the SAT office at 512-445-5888. Raffle ticket sales will go through March 14.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the Star of Texas Rodeo, held in Austin, on March 28. Winners do not need to be present to win; however, you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket. A valid ID must be presented in order to claim the prize. Keep in mind that winners will be responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.More

Bodies found in Anahuac believed to be missing teens
VideoBrief Baytown police say two bodies have been found in Anahuac. They are believed to be the teens that have been missing for two weeks. Baytown Police Assistant Chief Roger Clifford said the bodies were found Thursday afternoon near a bridge at FM 563 at Eagle Ferry. Autopsies will have to be performed to confirm the identities, however.More

Agencies ramp up for spring-break crackdown
The Daily Tribune
Law enforcement and Texas Department of Transportation agencies report they are ramping up patrols to combat drunk driving this spring break. Law enforcement agencies statewide report they will work extra hours in March to help keep people safe on the Texas roadways.More

Fetus in Samantha Dean killing sent to lab for DNA testing
VideoBrief A DNA sample from the unborn child belonging to murder victim Samantha Dean was sent to the University of North Texas and its center for Human Identification, according to multiple officials. Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering said, "The fetus was taken to the University of North Texas ... which is nationally recognized for their work in forensic DNA analysis."More

Temple man arrested for DWI for 9th time wears memorable shirt
A Temple man was in the Bell County Jail after he was arrested on a warrant for driving while intoxicated. The T-shirt he wore in his mug shot had local lawmen laughing, although the serious charge did not. Luciano Gutierrez was arrested and charged with DWI for the ninth time, according to authorities. The shirt he was wearing during the offense, and donned for his mugshot read, "WARNING: I Do Dumb Things."More

Justice Department announces findings of 2 civil rights
investigations in Ferguson

U.S. Department of Justice
The Justice Department announced the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to Ferguson, Missouri, finding that the Ferguson Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution. The Justice Department also announced that the evidence examined in its independent, federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown does not support federal civil rights charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.More

FirstNet to bring the power of advanced mobile technologies to
law enforcement

The Police Chief
The First Responder Network Authority, an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, was created to empower the United States' first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools, including a nationwide interoperable, wireless network. This network will be established in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, per the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.More

Victoria County Jail inmate dies of hanging
Victoria Advocate
An inmate hanged himself with his bed sheets in the Victoria County Jail, Chief Deputy Roy Boyd confirmed Thursday. Jailers found Cruz Rosales III injured on Feb. 24, about 15 minutes after they last checked on him, Boyd said.More

More than accountability: 5 unique uses for body cameras
Since body cameras began gaining momentum in law enforcement, the main arguments for and against them have been that they hold everyone accountable and raise privacy concerns — for both the public and the officers who use them.More

Actors train Minnesota police to interview abused children
Star Tribune
CornerHouse is a Minneapolis nonprofit that trains police, social workers and child-protection officers to interview children who have been sexually abused. It has revolutionized the way traumatized kids have been treated by humanizing and streamlining the interview process.More