Texas Sheriffs Today
Mar. 13, 2015

Bill would bring state troopers to border permanently
Houston Chronicle
A sweeping border security proposal aimed at concluding a National Guard deployment and creating a permanent presence of state troopers along the Texas-Mexico perimeter is headed to the full Texas House, where it is likely to be teed up for debate as soon as next week. A committee voted unanimously Wednesday to advance an amended version of a state Rep. Dennis Bonnen's House Bill 11, the most comprehensive border security plan pitched to date by the lower chamber.More

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

Meet new SAT staff member: Senior Judge Dan Mills, legal/technical advisor
Senior Judge Dan Mills was born in Austin, reared in Pflugerville and worked on farms and did carpenter work while attending school. He graduated from Pflugerville High School, attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received his undergraduate degree and then attended the University of Houston law school for 21 months. He was licensed to practice law before graduating from law school.

Judge Mill's legal experience began with the City of Austin Legal department where he worked for 2 1/2 years. His next legal experience was working with the Prosecutor's Assistance section of the Texas Attorney General's office for 7 1/2 years, where he prosecuted felony cases in all parts of Texas.More

29 arrested in McLennan County prostitution sting, including constable
Several men, including a McLennan County Deputy Constable, were arrested in an online prostitution sting. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said detectives with the department's Criminal Investigations Division set up an online hub in which they posed as underage prostitutes and human traffickers.

The operation took place over a three week period and resulted in the arrest of 29 individuals, some of them from as far away as Kansas. McLennan County Deputy Constable Steve Canava was one of them. Canava was arrested on Feb. 27 after detectives say he made plans to meet a girl for sex in the former HEB parking lot on Valley Mills Drive.More

El Paso County sheriff: Border security benefits if local law enforcement better funded
Last summer the Texas Department of Public Safety prepared a report on "Operation: Strong Safety," which was meant to bolster border security. The report finds that if you saturate the border with enough agents it will be safer. It recommends hiring hundreds more federal agents. But El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles' concern is it is his deputies doing a lot of the dirty work. He asks, shouldn't his office be better funded instead?More

Bexar sheriff's office warns residents of phone scam
VideoBrief The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a new phone scam circulating in San Antonio. Victims report receiving a call from someone claiming to be a lieutenant in the sheriff's office. The phone number includes a local 210 area code. More

US marshal shot, killed trying to arrest fugitive
Sun Herald
The deputy U.S. marshal who died Tuesday after a shootout with a suspect near Baton Rouge knew he wanted to work in law enforcement while he was growing up in Jackson County, Mississippi. Josie Wells, 27, came from a family with a criminal justice background and knew as a kid that it was what he wanted to do, said lifelong friend Alex McGee, also a fellow East Central High graduate and football player.More

1 police fleet is doing its part in reducing the $18 billion wasted in idle mode
According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel Data Center, each year, U.S. passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of fuel — all without even moving. By taking an average fuel cost of $3 a gallon, that means $18 billion is wasted in idle mode alone. So the obvious question now becomes, how can we find idle savings and what is the most efficient and effective way to do it?

For municipal fleet managers and police chiefs who oversee law enforcement vehicles that serve as both mobile workspaces and command centers, simply turning off the ignition is in many cases just not practical. These officers and their mission-focused equipment not only need reliable power generation in a climate controlled environment but also need the ability to respond at a moment's notice. More

Regular traffic enforcement can play a crucial role in defining commercial vehicle safety
The Police Chief
Most law enforcement officers have seen first-hand the devastating effects of fatal crashes on U.S. roadways and the toll they take on victims, their families and entire communities. In 2012, there were 3,702 crashes involving a large truck or bus, and 4,183 people died in those crashes. These precise statistics matter because each of those numbers represents lives cut short.More

New app records every second of police stops
VideoBrief A new phone app has been designed to catch every second of a police stop in case there is a question about the cops' actions. The creator of the app says he got the idea after a routine traffic stop where he admits he felt no racial or other bias but thought he might not come home. More