Texas Sheriffs Today
May. 30, 2014

Ride for the fallen Texas law enforcement officers
KVUE-TV
A somber ceremony for 15 law enforcement officers in Texas who lost their lives in the line of duty this year. More than 400 motorcycles made their way through downtown Austin. It's an awesome experience if you've never done it, to see hundreds of bikes in front and back of you, riding safe and being safe, said Robert Bodish, a motorcyclist. More

Hood County sheriff recalls tornado outbreak
KTVT-TV
It was one year ago that a deadly tornado outbreak slammed several North Texas cities. The hardest hit area was Granbury, where winds were estimated to be 180 mph. Six people died when a twister ripped through neighborhoods and caused significant damage. The National Weather Service recorded 19 tornadoes during the outbreak.More

Slain deputy honored with memorial chair at Bexar County substation
KENS-TV
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is honoring the life of one of its slain sergeants, Kenneth Vann, who was shot and killed three years ago on May 28. Investigators said Vann was sitting idle at a red light when he was shot. According to the sheriff's office, 41-year-old Mark Gonzalez pulled up next to him and opened fire.More

Kilgore police Twitter tactic offers traffic hack
Government Technology
The Kilgore Police Department is trying to take the surprise out of police officers waiting with radar and make it easier for drivers in Kilgore to avoid getting a ticket. The department has become the first agency in East Texas to announce via social media where its officers are positioned with radar.More

Local man nabbed for Texas crime in 1996
Cody Enterprise
Ronald Logan, 62, has been extradited to El Paso where he faces jail time for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The original sentence states Logan entered a guilty plea March 22, 1996, and the court sentenced him to four years of probation, with conditions.More

Children of the badge: The impact of stress on law enforcement children
By Mark Bond
We know that being married to a law enforcement officer has its challenges. But how does extended exposure to secondhand stress and trauma affect the children of officers? According to a 2002 study led by Rudy Arredondo, law enforcement children "can develop traumatic stress vicariously" through watching and listening to their parents experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This exposure can cause symptoms such as hyperarousal, intrusive thoughts, eating disorders and aggressive agitated behaviors. More

Supreme Court upholds law enforcement's qualified immunity
WBOI-Radio
In two decisions handed down on Tuesday, May 27, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for citizens to sue law enforcement officers for their conduct. Both decisions were unanimous. The central issue in both was the doctrine of "qualified immunity," which shields public officials from being sued for actions that fall short of violating an established statutory or constitutional right. More

How technology helped Pennsylvania police catch bomb-threat suspect
The Tribune-Democrat
Even before the Pennsylvania courthouse could be completely evacuated, the 911 center, Ebensburg Borough Police Department and Cambria County Sheriff's Department knew the call came from a prepaid phone purchased at the Richland Township Wal-Mart.More

Local man nabbed for Texas crime in 1996
Cody Enterprise
Ronald Logan, 62, has been extradited to El Paso where he faces jail time for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The original sentence states Logan entered a guilty plea March 22, 1996, and the court sentenced him to four years of probation, with conditions.More

Credit card skimming is a growing problem
KEYE-TV
In the blink of an eye anyone can become victim to the crime called "credit card skimming." The Round Rock Police Department said it is a crime that is happening all over central Texas and most recently in Round Rock. And all it takes is one swift swipe.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

Law enforcement agencies tap the power of 3-D printing
StateTech Magazine
Law enforcement agencies across the country are exploring the benefits of using 3-D scanners to recreate crime scenes, especially for incidents that span a large geographic area and require collaboration among multiple entities.More

After California shooting, senator calls to revisit gun control legislation
CNN
On Sunday, May 25, a day and a half after a shooting rampage in California left six victims dead, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the tragedy serves as a reminder of the legislative efforts to stem gun violence that occurred in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.More

Tennessee reintroduces electric chair executions
The Associated Press via PoliceOne
While the national debate regarding the viability of lethal injections as a means to carry out a death sentence, the state of Tennessee is rolling back the clock with a not-so-new alternative — the electic chair. This is thanks to a piece of legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam. More