Texas Sheriffs Today
Jul. 4, 2013

Hood County deputy falls in line of duty, suspect killed
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Hood County Sgt. Lance McLean was shot in the head June 28 by Ricky Don McCommas, 49. McCommas was described by police as a firearms dealer and former security guard. McLean was considered a "devoted" family man. And with his wife, Katy, they were raising two special-needs children — one of whom is autistic. The other is in a wheelchair. More

Hundreds pay respects to fallen Texas deputy
Forth Worth Star-Telegram via Officer.com
Hood County Sheriff Sgt. Lance McLean's empathy, willingness to help and his mischievous sense of humor were remembered as hundreds of people — including officers from around the state — filled Hico Tiger Stadium to pay their respects. More

Upshur County sheriff seizes 27 dogs, puppies
UPI
Under the authority of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 27 cruelly confined dogs and puppies from a property in Gilmer, Texas. The dogs appear to have various health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, nasal discharge and eye discharge. Of the 27 dogs, there were 10 puppies.More

Bowie County sheriff seeks to help 9 abandoned donkeys
The Associated Press via KHOU-TV
The nine donkeys were set to be auctioned off, but no one bid to buy the animals. At that point, Bowie County sherrif's Lt. Stanley Crowley stepped in. Though the donkeys are being housed at separate locations, their once-deteriorated health is improving, as Crowley seeks to find homes for them. There is no fee associated in adopting the donkeys.More

Advantages of the passenger-side approach
By Brandon Elliott
It's hard to believe in this day and age that a lot of guys and gals out on the street are still using the driver-side approach on a traffic stop. Change is something cops don't take to well. When things change, we get uncomfortable; and when cops become uncomfortable, we become grouchy. This makes progressive training and review of tactics very difficult for some agencies. On a typical traffic stop, approaching a vehicle from the passenger side and conducting the stop from that side is the safer choice in many ways.More

Advantages of the passenger-side approach
By Brandon Elliott
It's hard to believe in this day and age that a lot of guys and gals out on the street are still using the driver-side approach on a traffic stop. Change is something cops don't take to well. When things change, we get uncomfortable; and when cops become uncomfortable, we become grouchy. More

Texas executes Kimberly McCarthy, 500th execution since 1982
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was put on death row for the beating to death Dorothy Booth, 71, a retired professor of psychology, during the commission of a robbery in 1997. And on June 26, she became the 500th individual executed in the state of Texas since 1982.More

Maryland police identify trends with predictive policing software
The Frederick News-Post
When Frederick, Md., police Chief Thomas Ledwell started his career with the department as a patrol officer, police relied on daily bulletins aimed at helping them focus their efforts during their shifts.More

Judge rules against Utah law limiting federal law enforcement authority
Deseret News
A federal judge has ruled there is a substantial risk of "irreparable harm," with public confusion that could result if a state law limiting federal law enforcement authority is allowed to take effect. Scott Risner, arguing on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office, said any restrictions found in a state law that would limit the federal government's authority turns the U.S. Constitution on its head.More

New Jersey police swear in ill boy as honorary officer
PoliceOne.com
When the Bridgewater, N.J., police visited St. Peter's Hospital in December to drop gifts off to the pediatric ward — something the department has been doing since 2006 — they met a young boy who stole their hearts with his fascination for all-things police.More

10 photos that will make you proud to be an officer of the law
PoliceOne.com
When a North Carolina cop became an "Internet hero" after a man snapped a shot of the officer offering a woman and her child a ride in the rain, it got us digging through blogs, department homepages and photography portfolios to bring you this collection of photos.More