Texas Sheriffs Today
Mar. 14, 2014

Wood County sheriff investigating East Texas drug, theft ring
Wood County Sheriff's Office via KLTV-TV
The Wood County Sheriff's Office is in the process of conducting a large scale investigation into a drug and theft ring that has been operating in the southeastern part of our county. Investigators determined that certain suspects were stealing property such as four-wheelers and firearms for the purpose of trading the stolen property for drugs. The "middle man”" drug dealer was then exchanging the stolen property for a larger amount of drugs.More

Smith County Sheriff's Office issues appeal for citizens to help fight crime
Responding to the increased number of citizens wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Larry R. Smith announced Tuesday that Smith County citizens are being invited to become Associate Members of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas.More

Washington County citizens invited to join Sheriffs' Association of Texas
Membership invitations will go out in the mail over the next several weeks. Associate Member funding allows the Sheriffs' Association of Texas to provide critical training, technical resources, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues to law enforcement officers across the state.More

Judge says Texas man can be tried as adult in childhood crime
The Associated Press via Fox News
When Don Willburn Collins attacked Robert Middleton, 8, he was 13 years old. As a result of the attack, Middleton was burned across 99 percent of his body and eventually died from skin cancer in 2011 linked to his burns. Collins is now 35 years old — and a judge has ruled that, even though the crime was committed while he was a minor, he can be tried as an adult.More

Ramping up law enforcement efforts for spring break
As you can imagine, the police presence around the Coastal Bend will be beefed up as Spring Break gets underway. Finding drunk drivers will be the number one priority for law officers, but they will also be out on the beaches making sure the good times don't get out of hand.More

North Texas police posting traffic enforcement locations
The Keller Police Department started Tweeting and using Facebook to get out some unlikely information. "We thought it would be great to give them [drivers] a heads up on where our traffic enforcement is going to be each day... so they could be more aware of it," said Keller police Chief Mark Hafner.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

Big data and law enforcement: Was 'Minority Report' right?
Other law enforcement agencies from the national level all the way down to the municipal level are using available data to catch criminals and — in some cases — even prevent crime. A rising number of cities and towns in the U.S. are starting to use predictive policing. More

FTO's best advice
Law Enforcement Today
Steven L. Blackwell says: A lot has changed since I began this career over 30 years ago. When I think of all the different styles of policing that have evolved through the decades, sometimes it seems that good old common sense may have lost its way. More

Social media networks crack down on gun sales
Facebook and Instagram plan to make a major change to their policies; they plan to block certain gun sale posts. Currently it is legal to post a photo of a gun and sell it as a private gun owner, without conducting a background check.More

Predictive policing in the 21st century
BlueLine Connect
"I used to think my job was about making arrests," an officer narrates in a 2013 IBM commercial. "Now I know how some U.S. cities have reduced crime by more than 30 percent — by stopping crime before it happens."More

Kentucky lawmakers want limits on drone use by police
The Courier-Journal
Some Kentucky lawmakers want to make sure the law protects citizens' privacy before drones become a regular tool of law enforcement. A proposed bill would not, however, prohibit law enforcement from using drones to search for missing people. More

Idaho police support personal video recorders
More police agencies are using a piece of technology that, they say, helps them in courts of law and keeps officers accountable. It's a personal video recorder. Because they also help police in the court of public opinion, police in Nampa, Idaho, like to release the videos whenever they can. More