Texas Sheriffs Today
Apr. 18, 2014

Sheriff's office presents Tarleton student with scholarship
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
The Sheriffs' Association of Texas awarded a $500 scholarship from the Motorola Foundation to Tarleton State University student Khristopher Jennings recently. Chief Deputy Jason Upshaw presented the award. "It means a lot to know my community backs me in my schooling and my future," Jennings said. "My plans after I graduate from Tarleton in May of 2015 are to go to the DPS Academy and become a trooper."More

Smith County Sheriff to hold town hall in Whitehouse
"When I ran for sheriff of Smith County, I promised transparency and to be open to hear what residents have to say. The town halls provide an opportunity for me to present positive changes that have taken place in the sheriff's office, and for residents to express concerns or ask questions about what's going on where they live in Smith County,” said Sheriff Larry Smith.More

Prison reform is bigger in Texas
The Daily Beast
The Houston City Council unanimously approved an anti-hoarding ordinance without a clear idea of how it will be enforced. The ordinance, which does not apply to single-family homes, clarifies when police can seek a warrant to enter a home and prioritizes mental health treatment before turning to daily fines of up to $500.More

Sheriff says more West Texas teens targeted by online predators
A West Texas sheriff says sexual predators are targeting kids online and right on their phones, and it's not just in our biggest cities. Martin County says the boom has brought new types of cases, now an investigation into a cyber sexual act which targeted a 12-year-old girl has been turned over to the FBI.More

Violence continues as school security measures increase
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Sadly, we live in an age where even the innocent are not spared from violence, and we see words like "lockdown" become an intrinsic part of the school lingo. The recent mass stabbing that injured 20 at a Pittsburgh-area high school is the latest example of this unfortunate trend. School officials and teachers are now trained to lock down the school at the slightest whiff of an emergency situation, and more and more schools across the country are preparing to invest millions of dollars to heighten their security measures. Recent bills in New Jersey and Delaware promise to lessen this gap between alertness and rescue.More

4 tips for transitioning to a civilian post
By Catherine Iste
Whether you work in defense, military, police or fire, your job description includes duties rarely found in the civilian world. That does not mean you cannot make a smooth transition out of your uniform and into business casual. As a disabled veteran who has helped companies with human resources since leaving my post in 1998, I have seen both successful and less-than-successful transitions. Of those, here are four key tips you should consider when taking the leap.More

Sheriff's office parters with University of Houston-Downtown
The Atascocita Observer
The Harris County Sheriff's Office partnered this week with the University of Houston-Downtown's Criminal Justice Training Center to prepare potential employees for hundreds of new law enforcement roles and to fill positions vacated by retiring staff.More

Harrison County sheriff needs help identifying suspects
Harrison County investigators are seeking information regarding the identities of two suspects involved in passing checks stolen in Harrison County during a burglary. The East Texas Professional Credit Union teller cameras captured the images of a black male and a female as they entered the Credit Union together. 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

'Cop Sync' could reduce police response time during school emergencies
Keeping kids safe at school is a challenge for administrators everywhere, and it has some looking beyond the traditional 911 system to new cutting edge, potentially life saving technology. School shootings are a troubling sign of the times — from Columbine in 1999 to Sandy Hook in 2012, and at least another 44 since then.More

Task force would alter Ohio capital punishment
The Columbus Dispatch
Sweeping changes in how Ohio handles capital punishment — including banning executions of the mentally ill, requiring DNA evidence or a videotaped confession and reserving the death penalty for the "worst of the worst" crimes — are among a long list of recommendations to be finalized by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force.More

Measures to prevent violence in schools fall short, experts say
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Teaching students alternatives to violence and improving their access to mental health services are among the best ideas, officials say, they have for preventing the kind of bloodshed that has struck a long list of schools — including Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa.More

New Sentencing Commission recommendations on federal drug offenders
McClatchy DC
Many federal drug offenders would serve reduced prison sentences, under recommendations recently adopted by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Acting unanimously, the commission agreed to new guidelines that are expected to cover about 70 percent of federal drug defendants. More