Texas Sheriffs Today
Apr. 24, 2015

Human remains found near Cushing Identified as man missing since 2004
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers have received identification from human remains that were found north of Cushing on March 13. Sheriff deputies received a call that a person looking for a pet in the woods had found a bone that was believed to be human remains. Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene and took custody of the bone which was later identified as Human. Sheriff investigators, along with the Texas Rangers, conducted a search for several days of the area where more remains were collected. More

Video: Officers pull unconscious Mesquite driver from burning car
VideoBrief Two police officers are being hailed as heroes after pulling an unconscious driver from his burning car seconds before the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames. It happened early Sunday morning in Mesquite, about 14 miles east of Dallas. The incident was captured by the police cruiser's dashcam.More

High-profile fugitive with cartel ties attacks border deputies, dies in shooting
A wanted fugitive with apparent connections to a Mexican drug cartel is dead after attacking Texas border sheriff's deputies who were trying to arrest him. The shooting took place just north of the border city of Mission where authorities tried to arrest the wanted man. It remains unclear, at this time, if the fugitive fired a weapon at authorities or if he used some other weapon to attack them.More

Reserve officers have higher training standards in Texas than Oklahoma
The Dallas Morning News
What's the difference between a Texas and Oklahoma reserve police officer? A few hundred hours of training — and a national firestorm. The training regimens of volunteer reserve officers have come under scrutiny after a reserve Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy accidentally fatally shot an unarmed suspect earlier this month during a chase. The 73-year-old man said he meant to use his stun gun and can be heard on a dramatic video saying "Taser, Taser" just before firing his gun.

Oklahoma requires about 240 hours of training in its basic academy. Tulsa County provided 320 hours. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement requires reserve officers to log the same number of training hours as full-time officers — 643 hours. Some agencies require more. Other than not getting a salary, they're just like a regular armed police officer when they’re on the job.More

Experts say Texas DPS pursuit policy needs updating
The Texas Department of Public Safety's policy regarding vehicle pursuits — which permits troopers to shoot at fleeing vehicles — is out of step with evolving national standards, according to experts. Texas motorcycle pursuits are especially high-risk, according to data reviewed by the Austin American-Statesman.More

Supreme Court limits police's ability to search cars for drugs
Police cannot extend the length of a traffic stop, even very briefly, to conduct a fishing expedition to determine whether the vehicle contains drugs. Though police retain a fair amount of ability to use routine traffic stops to seek out evidence of other crimes, the thrust of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's opinion in Rodriguez v. United States is that they cannot extend a traffic stop even for a minute without a new justification for extending their search.More

Prepare your spouse for a law enforcement life
By Matthew Loux
Preparing for a career in law enforcement requires more than just preparing yourself — you must also prepare your significant other and your family for the realities of a law enforcement life. Being a spouse of a law enforcement officer takes patience and understanding. Family problems can easily come to the surface if your spouse is not fully on board. Here are points you should discuss with your family.More

4 easy ways police chiefs can build rapport for effective community policing
Building bridges — or rebuilding them — isn't likely to happen if we wait for our citizenry to start the process. We need to create a safe place for a conversation — and do that with skill and salesmanship. When dealing with the public or attending public meetings, there are simple things you can do to build better relationships More