Texas Sheriffs Today
Mar. 7, 2014

Tom Green County sheriff's report details daring rescue attempt
San Angelo LIVE
On Tuesday, March 4, Tom Green County sheriff's Deputy Corey Speck was beginning his shift. As Speck walked to the patrol vehicle he observed smoke north. And as he got into the vehicle he heard dispatch notifying fellow deputies about the structure fire around the area where he had seen rising smoke.More

Nueces County Sheriff's Office questioning inmate death investigation
An inmate death at a private jail facility near Robstown is raising questions. The inmate was a recent graduate of the Navy flight school at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. The death has been ruled a suicide, but the investigation is now being questioned by the agency that oversees the LCS facility. That law enforcement agency is the Nueces County Sheriff's Office, whose detectives were turned away at LCS by U.S. Marshals.More

SWAT capabilities growing for Texas school shootings
San Antonio Express-News via PoliceOne
They'll still rely on city and county law enforcement in a worst-case scenario, but upgrades in police training and weaponry have improved the confidence of several local school districts in Bexar County in their ability to respond to a school shooting. More

Great Texas warrant round-up begins
During the warrant round-up, law enforcement officers will be aggressively targeting those on warrant lists and arrests can happen at any location. More than 300 jurisdictions across the state are taking part. More

South Texas' top cop hopes to encourage women in law enforcement
As special agent in charge based in San Antonio, Janice Ayala oversees the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations District. Ayala said a strong support system and supportive spouse helped her reach professional goals that so far have been attained by just a few women. That's something she hopes to change by serving as a mentor to young women in federal law enforcement. 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

Preliminary semiannual uniform crime report, January-June 2013
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation reported a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2013 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2012. More

Thieves go high-tech in car break-ins
Detroit Free Press
Auto break-in specialists have gone high-tech — and stopping thieves has become much harder. More thieves around the country use mysterious hand-held devices that can unlock a car's doors. One recent case in Chicago involved these "black boxes" and was caught on tape.More

New report says climate change may mean more crime
The Boston Globe
As the global climate changes around us, the potential effects tend to be discussed in familiar environmental terms: warmer average temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising seas. A new study posits rising temperatures in the United States will lead to an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape and 1.3 million burglaries.More

If you want to be prepared for the field, carry your gear with you at all times
Law Officer Magazine
An armed robber is attempting to escape on foot while K-9 and patrol officers jump out of their vehicles to search the residential area. Outside there's a below-zero windchill, and the officers are wearing nothing but their uniforms—no gloves or caps. More

Ex-Boston commissioner joins startup making waves with law enforcement
The Boston Globe
Edward F. Davis will take a board seat with Mark43, a company founded by three Harvard University graduates that has been making big waves in the law enforcement community. Formed out of a class project, the company makes software that provides real-time data analysis of criminal activity and better manages the records police use to keep tabs on suspects.More

Tennessee law enforcement signals support for possible meth bill compromise
The Tennessean
Law enforcement officials in Tennessee signaled their support for Gov. Bill Haslam's meth bill if the legislature agrees to dramatically tighten controls over the sale of over-the-counter medicines. This increases the chances that a compromise is in the cards.More