Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 29, 2015

Flood recovery: Hays County Sheriff's Office seeks help locating missing people
As Central Texas recovers from damage incurred from recent flooding, the Hays County Sheriff's Office seeks help in finding nine people reported missing so far in the county. Originally, KVUE-TV reported that 13 people were missing in Hays County. Two of those 13 people have been found safe, and search crews recovered the body of 29-year-old Jose Alvaro Arteaga-Pichardo and 43-year-old Michelle Marie Carey-Charba.More

The NRA Foundation awards $4,790 grant to Fayette County Sheriff's Office
The NRA Foundation has awarded the Fayette County Sheriff's Office a grant totaling $4,790 to fund the purchase of service pistols and ammunition for reserve deputies and corrections personnel. This grant continues a longstanding relationship between the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and the Friends of NRA, the National Rifle Association's grassroots fundraising program.More

National Guard responds to floods in Texas, Oklahoma
U.S. Department of Defense
Texas National Guard engineers rescued three people in Granbury May 26, and searchers continue hunting for survivors and victims of raging flood waters. Working with local and state first responders, Texas Guard members spent the Memorial Day weekend responding to calls for help all over Texas as heavy rain pounded the region.More

Senator urges Obama to allow police to receive lifesaving equipment
National Sheriffs' Association
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey has urged President Barack Obama to reconsider his decision to restrict local law enforcement from receiving lifesaving, surplus federal equipment, such as riot helmets and riot shields.More

State legislature poised to OK police body-camera program
The Dallas Morning News
Texas police departments would get help paying for body cameras for officers under legislation the House tentatively approved. The state would provide $10 million in the next two years for grants to departments wishing to implement a body-camera program. The departments would be required to match 25 percent of the state's grant.More

Illegal immigrant flees us after alleged robberty, murder in Pharr
An illegal alien from Honduras believed to have fled back home has been identified as the prime suspect in a robbery-turned-murder in Texas. Domingo Villeda Rodriguez, a 22-year-old illegal alien from Honduras who also went by the name Ivan Rodriguez Sauzo, has been identified by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers as a suspect in a murder investigation, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told Breitbart Texas.More

Police-stop language halts open carry gun bill
Austin American-Statesman
The open-carry bill, inches from the finish line, was derailed Wednesday by law enforcement objections to language limiting the ability of police to stop and question those with a gun. Passed by both houses, House Bill 910 was back in the House, where its author urged representatives to send it to Gov. Greg Abbott by agreeing to changes made by the Senate.More

Charts: As Texas cities boom, police department staffing isn't keeping pace
The Dallas Morning News
Texas cities might be growing fast, but most municipal police departments are not quite keeping up. In the sheer numbers of police officers, it appears departments have grown or remained steady in the last decade. Houston and Dallas hired hundreds of officers for a few years but have now tapered off. Other departments are growing steadily — or, in El Paso's case, not at all. Austin's police department is still growing fairly quickly and was up to 1,720 officers in 2014. More

8 tips for controlling obscenities and trolls on your PD's Facebook
Law enforcement receives a great deal of negative attention on social media, especially in recent months due to some high-profile use-of-force cases. With the proliferation of "citizen" journalists and body-worn cameras capturing every move, those videos in combination with negative opinions and often slanted media opinions has caused a huge increase in trolls on law enforcement agencies' social media pages.More