Texas Sheriffs Today
Jun. 20, 2014

South Texas sheriff, nonprofit partner to patrol border
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
A Brooks County sheriff struggling to keep up with the demands of helping injured, lost and distressed immigrants has partnered with a nonprofit to patrol the border. The Brooks County Sheriff's Office will be working with Texas Border Rescue to halve response times to immigrants in distress. The partnership will add 10 people to a search-and-rescue crew already bolstered by 15 new volunteer deputy sheriffs.More

Webb County Jail receives perfect score from Texas Commission on
Jail Standards

For the sixth time in a row, the Webb County jail, under the leadership of Sheriff Martin Cuellar, has passed inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The meticulous inspection covered an array of areas ranging from health and safety, building maintenance, inmate intake and release procedures to jail guard/inmate ratio and documentation.More

Man sentenced to 50 years for assaulting 2 Texas City police officers
A man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for assaulting two Texas City police officers, Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office announced. Dennis Steele was found guilty of two counts assault on a public servant by a jury after 15 minutes of deliberations. Prosecutor Elizabeth Cuchens presented evidence of 10 prior felony convictions during the punishment phase.More

Texas police now ticketing children for 'cool moves'
The police department in Pflugerville is now encouraging children to be "cool" by "following traffic laws." Children who make "cool moves" — like wearing a helmet while riding or not jaywalking, for example — will be approached by cops and presented with a ticket that comes with free ice cream instead of a fine.More

Texas to fund DPS surge amid increasing immigrants across Rio Grande
The Monitor
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Department of Public Safety to begin a law enforcement surge along the Texas-Mexico border, according to a news release from their offices. The program will cost about $1.3 million per week and will last until the end of the year.More

Citing health concerns, Texas inmates file lawsuit to keep prisons cool
The Eagle
A Texas prisoner housed at the Wallace Pack Unit in Grimes County has concerns he's not going to make it through the summer inside the prison, where temperatures are known to soar into triple digits, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of inmates.More

FBI Child ID app: Just in time for summer
Law Enforcement Today
The FBI has made it extremely easy for any parent to record and organize identifying information for each of your children and then notify authorities as soon as a child goes missing. It's an app called FBI Child ID, and its icon-driven menu is positioned across the bottom of the screen.More

Spit kit? Saliva testing for marijuana use on the horizon
By Denise A. Valenti
Regular and heavy recreational use of cannabis has been strongly linked with addictive behaviors and motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, law enforcement officers in the United States don't have a reliable means of testing for drug impairment. But that may be changing soon with new research and legislation. Many countries currently use saliva swabs to determine the presence of marijuana in drivers.More

In-state cops seize millions by 'policing for profit'
Texas law enforcement are continuing to enrich themselves using a little-known legal doctrine known as civil forfeiture, according to a new series of investigative reports. Under civil forfeiture, property can be forfeited even if its owner has never been charged with a crime. In these proceedings, accused criminals have more rights than innocent owners, and the government sues the property, not its ownerMore

What can law enforcement ask at a traffic stop?
Sheriffs recently testified at the Texas State Capitol that state troopers in border counties are often too aggressive against citizens pulled over for routine traffic stops, but the allegations are hardly confined to state troopers.More

Dallas police chief: Locking up marijuana users a priority
Dallas Observer
In a handful of places in Texas — Austin, Midland and San Marcos, for example — getting caught carrying a small amount of marijuana will get you a ticket and a court date but, barring more serious infractions, won't involve handcuffs. Dallas has a different approach. "We take you to jail," Chief David Brown said in a recent interview.More

New property crime technology introduced in New Mexico
Police in southeastern New Mexico have a new high-tech tool that will help get stolen property back to its rightful owners. The Eddy County Sheriff's Office, Carlsbad Police and Artesia Police launched Anti Theft Dots, a new technology used to help solve and prevent property crimes in the area.More

How to see through a wall covertly
What can you do if breaching isn't an option and more intelligence is necessary to make the call? It's potentially a hostage situation. Doors are barricaded. Windows are blocked. Every attempt at establishing communication has failed; no one's talking, and you can't see in ... yet. The wrong decision can transform the scene into a nightmare quickly. Time to think outside the box — or, rather, inside the box.More

Officer down: Is your department prepared?
By Gary Stiles, Sandie Doptis and John T. "Jack" Gaffigan
Each year, our law enforcement community suffers the loss of too many brave men and women in the line of duty. During a typical year, more than 150 lives are lost to line-of-duty deaths. Sadly, the majority of these deaths occur in departments with 50 or fewer officers, and many times, it is the first line-of-duty death experienced by the department, the chief, the officers and civilian staff. As law enforcement officers we plan and train for almost every conceivable incident. Why is it that we so often fail to plan and train for a line-of-duty death or critical injury?More