Texas Sheriffs Today
Jun. 6, 2014

Sergeant creates website to solve nonviolent crimes
VideoBriefFor a little more than a year, a website created by an Austin-area law enforcement officer has helped to solve more than a dozen nonviolent crimes. The idea was born out of frustration, according to Sgt. Kevin Covington, who has handled up to 150 petty crimes a month.More

Monthlong roundup nets 21 on child sex crimes
Houston Chronicle
Twenty-one men have been arrested in Montgomery County on charges tied to Internet child sex crimes after the latest round by the area's multiagency Internet crimes task force. Officers posed as minors on social networking sites and in chat rooms to snare the men, sometimes telling alleged predators they were as young as 10 years old.More

Parker County sheriff: Woman set on fire
An Azle man was arrested for allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire, according to a release from the Parker County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Larry Fowler said a neighbor brought the 37-year-old victim to the local hospital with peeling skin and burns on more than 30 percent of her body. The woman was transferred to a Dallas hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.More

Texas county raises jail employees' pay
Abilene Reporter-News via CorrectionsOne
VideoBriefTaylor County Commissioners voted to increase salaries for employees in the jail and a handful of sheriff's office employees. The increase is effective June 9. Those in the county's "public safety" matrix whose current salary is less than $30,000 will be brought up to that amount.More

Officials: Beware of Tarrant County jury duty scam
The Tarrant County DA's office is warning residents about an ongoing telephone scam that can trick people into paying phony fines to avoid being arrested for missing jury duty. Officials say that suspects have been identifying themselves "Lieutenant Allen" with the sheriff's office, police department and constable's office and are calling citizens to telling them that there is a warrant out for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.More

ID app helps law enforcement find missing children
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's child ID app could assist in finding missing children. Since its launch, more than 140,000 people have downloaded it to their smartphones and tablets. The app allows parents to send photos of their child, height, weight and other details to thousands of law enforcement officers with one touch.More

New technology helps officers track police dogs
The Arizona Republic via USA Today
A new program lets DPS officers monitor their dog's temperature and location with the help of an Android app. Officials say the technology could also be used to avoid potentially fatal scenarios, like when a police dog is inadvertently left behind in a patrol car in the heat.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.More

Ride for the fallen Texas law enforcement officers
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.More

Supreme Court upholds law enforcement's qualified immunity
In two decisions recently handed down, 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

Realities of using deadly force
Deadly force is a topic that, like it or not, influences the way police officers do their job. Sometimes, officers allows themselves to be hamstrung by their department's deadly force policy, worrying more about the legal implications should they violate it, rather than the life-threatening issues they face. As society becomes more violent, coinciding with the downward spiral of its morals and ethics, an increasing number of officers are being called upon to use their firearm in defense of themselves and others.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

Global police operation disrupts aggressive Cryptolocker virus
The Guardian
U.S. authorities named Russian national Evgeniy Bogachev as the face of a malicious software scheme responsible for stealing millions from people around the world after a successful campaign to disrupt two major computer networks. Digital police from across the globe announced they had seized control of two computer networks that had been used to steal banking information and ransom information locked in files on infected computers. But they warned people with infected computers to take action now to prevent further attacks.More