Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 2, 2014

South Plains College hosts memorial for fallen law enforcement
A-J Media via Lubbock Avalanche Journal
A patch of 13 Texas flags, representing the 13 deceased officers, stood adjacent to a larger patch of 105 American flags, representing officers killed in the line of duty throughout the country. "They gave their lives standing on that thin blue line between good and evil," Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath saidMore

Blood drive held for East Texas law officer undergoing lung transplant
On Wednesday, May 7, a blood drive will be held at the Rusk County Sheriff's Office in honor of Lt. David Marshall. The drive will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carter BloodCare bus in the sheriff's office parking lot. Donors are encouraged to eat before giving blood and to bring some form of identification. More

$250,000 police drone crashes into Lake Conroe
Houston Chronicle
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed the remote-controlled helicopter drone, which was bought in 2011 with a federal grant, suffered a malfunction and went down during an exercise over the lake.More

Suspect who shot Texas police officer charged with attempted murder
According to investigators, Officer Bradley Durst pulled over Robert Rendon. During the traffic stop, Rendon reportedly fired four shots at Durst, hitting the 29-year-old officer twice. San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the officer was struck as he approached the 31-year-old suspect's vehicle. The injured officer suffered wounds to his neck and lower abdomen.More

Law enforcement crackdown on seat belt use, May 19 to June 1
Dayton News
Motorists who don’t buckle up in compliance with state seat belt laws face fines and court costs up to $200 as stepped up enforcement gets underway this month during the Texas Department of Transportation's 13th annual "Click It or Ticket' campaign, May 19 to June 1.More

Married to the badge: Stress in the law enforcement marriage
By Mark Bond
Being married to a law enforcement officer has its challenges. The long hours of work, rotating shifts, attending court on days off, fear and danger of the job, and all the different part-time work does not leave a lot of time to devote to spouse and family. Law enforcement is not just a career but truly is a way of life and commitment of service to others before your needs or wants. This time apart is also difficult on the spouses.More

Supreme Court says anonymous tip is enough for police to make stop
San Francisco Chronicle
In a case from northern California, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 22 that police can pull a driver over based on an anonymous tip that he had forced another motorist off the road — evidence, the court said, that he might be drunk and dangerous.More

DOJ to collect data on police stops to study racial bias
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department plans to collect data on police stops, searches and arrests in an effort to study racial bias in law enforcement. Holder said in a recent video message that the data will be collected in five pilot cities over two years as part of a new initiative called the National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice.More

Justices cautious of police conducting no-warrant cellphone searches
Associated Press via Officer.com
The Supreme Court is showing signs of caution regarding the controversial topic of no-warrant cellphone searches conducted by police. Currently the court is hearing two cases in this context — one involving a drug dealer and the other, a gang member. Both convictions hinge on evidence obtained through a cellphone search without a warrant behind it.More

Law enforcement crackdown on seat belt use, May 19 to June 1
Dayton News
Motorists who don't buckle up in compliance with state seat belt laws face fines and court costs up to $200 as stepped up enforcement gets underway this month during the Texas Department of Transportation's 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign, May 19 to June 1.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

'Multitasking' while driving — 'We're driving a 4,000-pound lethal weapon'
The Republican
Multitasking may be a good skill when you're working in an office, but when you're behind the wheel of a car on the highway, then multitasking — such as texting while driving — can take a dangerous turn.More

'Smart' firearm draws wrath of gun lobby
The New York Times
A National Institute of Justice report found that at least three companies, including Armatix, had developed owner-recognition abilities in 2013. The manufacturers argue that these new technologies could prevent suicides, accidental shootings and the deaths of police officers whose guns are wrested away in a struggle.More

3 technologies that will change how police communicate
Long-Term Evolution is the current technical standard for 4G high-speed wireless broadband voice and data communications, usually associated with commercial applications. However, the nationwide public safety broadband network currently in development will leverage the same LTE used for commercial cellular networks.More