Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 15, 2015

Commissioners name Constable Ron Hickman as new
Harris County sheriff

Houston Chronicle
The Harris County Commissioners Court named Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman the new sheriff of Harris County to replace Adrian Garcia who resigned last week to run for mayor of Houston. The county leaders took a formal vote Tuesday on the appointment after a brief closed-door session to discuss candidates to fill the post. Hickman, who has worked in law enforcement in the county for 32 years, was sworn in two minutes after the unanimous vote. More

SAT Board of Directors supports Jade Helm
The Sheriffs' Association of Texas Board of Directors met with officials from U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) on May 6 during the Board meeting in Austin. USASOC presented a briefing to the association regarding USASOC's special operations training exercise Jade Helm that will take place from July 15 through Sept. 15.More

2 Central Texas sheriffs retiring
Austin American-Statesman
Two of Central Texas' top law enforcement officers will not seek reelection when their terms expire late next year, the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV confirmed Wednesday. Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, whose tenure has been marked by a controversial position on immigration, and Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering, whose office has been embroiled in two recent excessive force allegations, said in separate interviews that they have no plans after their departures in December 2016.More

'I knew they were here,' Midland County sheriff says of ISIS
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter became somewhat of a sensation last year after appearing on national television outlets such as Fox News and CNN warning of an ISIS presence in Texas. It would be naive to assume that they are not here, Painter told a CNN news anchor in an interview. He used the cable news soapbox to send a firm message to the terrorist group, saying, "If they rear their ugly head, we'll send them to hell."More

Texas House passes Dallas legislator's bill requiring police shooting
data to be reported

The Dallas Morning News
The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that will make the Attorney General's office a clearinghouse for information about shootings by police. The bill, championed by state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, requires police departments to report shooting data to the Attorney General within 30 days of a shooting. It passed, 142-0, with two representatives voting present.More

Law enforcement analysts call for changes to police training after recent
national incidents

ABC News
Law enforcement analysts are calling for numerous changes to the way police are trained in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina.More

FBI releases 2014 preliminary statistics for law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty

Preliminary statistics released today by the FBI show that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014. This is an increase of almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. (Note: From 1980–2014, an average of 64 law enforcement officers have been feloniously killed per year. The 2013 total, 27, was the lowest during this 35-year period.) By region, 17 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, 14 officers in the West, eight officers in the Midwest, eight in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico.More

Law enforcement in Texas still a man's world
The Dallas Morning News
A 2010 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics report, based on 2007 data, estimated that nationally, 6.5 percent of the officers working for statewide police agencies such as the DPS are women, compared with 12 percent of the officers working for local law enforcement agencies.More

What is the future of red-light cameras?
By Danielle Wegert
Did you know that on average two people die every day in the United States as a result of crashes from running red lights? Did you know half of these deaths were the victims of the traffic violations? In an attempt to decrease these statistics — and many others — companies have been focusing on creating technology and programs to assist law enforcement officials. The result has been a sharp increase in the use of red-light and speed cameras throughout the U.S. Yet a simple question remains: Are these cameras effective?More

8 principles J. Edgar Hoover can teach police about leadership
Since he died, J. Edgar Hoover's love life has been the subject of much gossip and conjecture. In fact he had only one true love in his life that can be proved absolutely. Hoover loved his FBI. The study of J. Edgar Hoover's life reveals that he was one of the most successful leaders in law enforcement history, and he regularly demonstrated the following traits of great leadership.More