Texas Sheriffs Today
Apr. 5, 2013

Law enforcers following every clue in Kaufman County DA murder case
A high-ranking law enforcement source told WFAA-TV that some members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are trying to help investigators solve the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife. Authorities say every tip is being investigated and every lead is being pursued. Kaufman County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Lt. Justin Lewis said the department has not yet named a person of interest or any suspects in the case.More

DPS report: Aryan Brotherhood of Texas membership climbing in North Texas
Dallas Observer
As the buzz reaches fever pitch regarding the recent killings of the Kaufman County assistant district attorney, the district attorney and his wife, the Texas Department of Public Safety released their annual Gang Threat Assessment. The DPS found that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas' membership has increased, especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where the ABT, along with a gang called Tango Blast, and one called the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, are the most prevalent gangs. DPS also reports a "consistent level of violence and other criminal activity" in the ABT. More

Texas laws to track sex offenders go social
Houston Chronicle via Beaumont Enterprise
Texas lawmakers working to toughen laws that police the daily lives of sex offenders are taking their fight online with bills aimed at social media and the Internet. "With the evolving technology and increasing number of cyber crimes and crimes committed against the vulnerable, the goal is to extend the same policy we have for sex offenders now to the Internet," said state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio. "It's a good, old-fashioned case of being pro-active on crime."More

High-tech burglary suspect nabbed in North Texas after secret camera found
The discovery of a hidden camera may help solve a series of break-ins at upscale homes in several North Texas cities. "This one has already been camouflaged," said Dalworthington Gardens Detective Ben Singleton, as he held what looks like a piece of bark that would go unnoticed in most yards. It's actually a video camera not much bigger than a matchbox, and it's activated by a motion detector. Such cameras turned up in March planted outside several upscale homes in Dalworthington Gardens. "I've never seen anything like this. And most detectives in this area haven't," Singleton said.More

Should police get warrant to track cellphone users?
Austin American-Statesman
As the video played in the Texas Capitol meeting room, the red target jerked back and forth across the map, tracing every movement that Malte Spitz, a German politician, had made during several months in 2009 — when he was riding a train, when he was at a nuclear protest, when he was in meetings or at a store, and when he was at home. Who was tracking him? His cellphone.More

Examining protocol during police chases in Virginia
Police chases are risky for both the public and the officers involved. However, pursuits are sometimes the only way to stop a dangerous criminal from causing more harm, or even death. About 360 people die each year in police chases, across the U.S.. One of the most recent victims is George Van Orden. Recently, a suspect racing from officers on Midlothian Turnpike smashed into Van Orden's car. The decorated Marine didn't survive. In Virginia, it's up to each police department to create its own policy on how officers should tail criminals on the run.More

Law enforcement sounds alarm on cellphone theft epidemic
Law enforcement officials from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., again are sounding an alarm over mobile phone thefts, demanding that the wireless industry, resellers and lawmakers take new steps to quash the thriving black market for boosted devices. In Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier says new federal laws are needed to mandate that all wireless carriers participate in new database system that make it difficult to resubscribe stolen phones to cellular service.More

Kansas City uses new initiative to fight violent crime
The Associated Press via Officer.com
Despite decades of initiatives to stem violent crime, Kansas City residents continue killing each other at a rate five times higher than the national average, prompting officials to turn to an alternative law enforcement approach that offers incentives to convicted and would-be criminals to change their ways.More

Burnet County officials launch blood alcohol testing program
More than one dozen law enforcement agencies and Burnet County officials recently issued stern warnings to drivers and lake-goers: "Be respectful of the traffic around you and refrain from overusing alcohol," said Texas Game Warden Captain Kevin Davis.More

Report: Cartels 'most significant organized crime threat to Texas'
The Brownsville Herald
A new report released by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals cartels are operating in Texas and are the No. 1 threat to the Lone Star State.More

Kansas bill seeks to set new police guidelines for eyewitness identifications
Lawrence Journal-World
A bill recently proposed in the Kansas Senate seeks to cut down on eyewitness misidentifications in criminal cases. Senate Bill 190, proposed by state Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, Kan., would set guidelines — such as how many photos to use and how to display them to witnesses — for police when conducting photo and live lineups. Studies have consistently shown that how police conduct photo lineups can play a role in influencing witnesses and potentially steer them toward the wrong suspect, said David Dodge, a policy analyst with the Innocence Project, a New York-based nonprofit that works to free the wrongfully convicted.More