Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 24, 2013

Texas sheriff's deputy killed by drunken driver
Houston Chronicle
Sgt. Dwayne Polk, a 16-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, was killed by an alleged drunken driver who ran a red light. "The HCSO family is in mourning," said spokeswoman Christina Garza. Polk grew up in Houston with his two brothers, three sisters and many cousins.More

Craigslist adoption plans stopped by Texas police
Epoch Times
Craigslist adoption plans were stopped by police when a Texas mother put her 3-year-old son up for adoption on the website, drawing the attention of local authorities. Stephanie Christine Redus, 29, was charged with advertising for placement of a child, which is a misdemeanor.More

Paralyzed Texas officer may be forced into retirement
Fort Worth Star-Telegram via Officer.com
The city is considering withdrawing "extended leave" pay for a Fort Worth police officer who remains paralyzed after being shot on the job more than 10 years ago. It would be a move that would effectively force her into medical retirement and pare what she makes today, said the officer and the president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association.More

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Texas officer injured, suspected killed during chase
A Longview police officer shot a driver suspected of leaving the scene of an accident and using his fleeing car to hit him, authorities have confirmed. The suspect, Jose Sifuentes, 28, of Longview, later died.More

Texas sheriff confirms 6 tornado deaths
Authorities have confirmed that the May 15 tornadoes killed at least six people and injured about 100 others. The tornadoes ripped through a stretch of Texas near the Dallas-Fort Worth area, destroying a number of homes. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said the death toll could climb as search and rescue teams comb through the damage.More

Report: Social media used more as a crime-fighting resource by police
The Daily Journal
A survey released last year of 600 police agencies nationwide shows 92 percent use social media. Most of them use it for criminal investigations, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. And the biggest jump occurred in 2010 and 2011, when more than half of those surveyed said they began using social media. Earlier this year, for example, the Kankakee County, Ill., sheriff's police used a video of an alleged illegal stripper party to go after a local bar. They found the video on Facebook.More

Craigslist adoption plans stopped by Texas police
Epoch Times
Craigslist adoption plans were stopped by police when a Texas mother put her 3-year-old son up for adoption on the website, drawing the attention of local authorities. More

Texas Rangers open criminal investigation into West plant explosion
The Dallas Morning News
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers announced they are launching a criminal investigation into the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.More

Texas police officer's convicted killer executed
Jeffrey Demond Williams, 37, was executed on May 14 in Huntsville for gunning down a Houston police officer 14 years ago, almost to the day.More

South Carolina and California police using technology to help predict crime
The new Predpol system utilizes altered algorithms that are normally used to predict earthquake aftershocks. It analyzes the habits of criminals to figure out where they might strike next. Currently it does not work for every type of crime, says a Columbia, S.C., officer. For example, homicides are more difficult to predict. But officers Los Angeles, who are also testing Predpol, have seen a reduction in crime. More

Smart gun talks return now with remote disabling
Most smart gun designs use small radio systems that scan for the presence of a ring or bracelet worn by the gun’s approved users. They are not always accurate in detecting the correct user, and because of their electronic nature, are susceptible to damage and water, and can be jammed remotely. One company, Yardarm Technologies, would like that to be considered a feature.More