Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 16, 2014

Congressman, family of fallen Upton County deputy pay tribute
The family of Upton County Deputy Sheriff Billy "Bubba" Kennedy was in Washington, D.C., to participate 33rd annual national peace officers' memorial service held in nation's capital. Kennedy died in the line of duty on Oct. 2, 2013, while responding as an Upton County deputy in McCamey. Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine joined the family in laying a wreath in memory of him.More

Officers pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty
The Eagle
A Texas-shaped wreath honoring Burleson County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Sowders took center stage at the 27th annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service in College Station. During the ceremony, dozens of local law enforcement officers, ranging from experienced veterans to police academy trainees, remembered the more than 100 American officers who died in the line of duty in 2013.More

Bexar County Sheriff's Office pauses to remember San Antonio's fallen heroes
Sheriff Susan Pamerleau and leaders from other law enforcement agencies were present to remind people that these officers made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their community. "This community embraces all of law enforcement, as has been shown recently with [the death of] Officer Bobby Deckard from the San Antonio Police Department," said Pamerleau.More

Angelina County sheriff warns of electricity scam
According to Sheriff Greg Sanches, a caller is contacting the elderly and telling them their electricity will be cut off if they do not make a payment. Some residents have already been scammed and lost money, said Sanches.More

Rusk County sheriff's deputy receives lung transplant
After months on a transplant waiting list, Lt. David Marshall, a Rusk County sheriff's deputy, has received a new set of lungs. Marshall underwent transplant surgery on May 11 in a Dallas hospital, according to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office.More

Modern slavery and the hidden world of human trafficking
By Lauren Swan
What is the largest illegal industry in the world? Drugs — that's pretty easy to guess. What is the world's second-largest illegal industry? Human trafficking, the majority being sex trafficking. Human trafficking rakes in $32 billion annually, almost surpassing drugs as the No. 1 illegal industry. In the U.S., 100,000 to 300,000 girls are sold for sex every year, and most are between 11 and 14 years old. And sex trafficking is getting worse; it's growing so quickly that researchers are concerned it will soon be a larger financial industry than the illegal drug tradeMore

Honor law enforcement — National Police Week, May 11-17
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which this date falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.More

Texas city latest to take 911 by text message
The Dallas Morning News via Police One
Many North Texas public safety agencies can now receive emergency text messages — that is if people don't mistake police for fast-food delivery.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

Obama honors nation's 'TOP COPS'
The Associated Press via Officer
The nation owes a debt to the law enforcement officers who put themselves in danger to protect the United States, President Barack Obama said in remarks he made on Monday, May 12, as he honored the country's top police officers at the White House. More

FBI releases preliminary numbers for law enforcement officers killed in 2013
Preliminary statistics have been released by the FBI, showing 27 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2013. This is a decrease of more than 44 percent when compared to the 49 officers killed in 2012. By region, 15 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, six officers in the West, four officers in the Midwest and two in the Northeast.More

Law enforcement adds texting to crisis negotiation tool kit
The Associated Press via YAHOO!
Approximately 6 billion text messages are sent on a daily basis in the United States alone. Because of this, law enforcement agencies are often called upon to protect and serve their communities through cellphone-based text messages. More

Local jail population declines from 2008 to 2013, female population increased
Bureau of Justice Statistics
After a peak in the number of inmates confined in county and city jails at midyear 2008 (785,533), the jail population was significantly lower by midyear 2013 (731,208). However, the estimated decline between midyear 2012 and 2013 was not statistically significant. California's jails experienced an increase of about 12,000 inmates since midyear 2011. More