Texas Sheriffs Today
Jul. 12, 2013

Beefed up Texas online harassment law to go into effect
Soon victims of online harassment in Texas will have more protections under the law. State lawmakers have passed a new law allowing police to prosecute suspects in the county where the victim lives — even if the crime wasn't committed in that county or state.More

Bexar County sheriff looking for alternate funding for safety equipment
Texas Public Radio
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant. Pamerleau said she is confident the money can be found elsewhere because it is a small price to pay for saving the life of a first responder.More

Wisconsin law enforcement tracks development of mobile DNA testing tool
Star Tribune
DNA testing in a lab setting can take several days or longer, depending on the urgency of the case. But a new test called Rapid DNA would be mobile, allowing investigators to do testing right at the scene. For example, if a criminal commits a sexual assault, police might be able to find a match in a DNA data base and launch an intensive search for a known suspect.More

Take care of your officers
By Brandon Elliott
This is a message to all you sheriffs, chiefs and administrative officers. It takes a vast amount of experience and calculated thinking to be the heads and executive officers of your agencies. What I want to address is what often gets lost in the bureaucracy that is police administration: taking care of the men and women who serve at your behalf. You may automatically think I am talking about pay and benefits. Although those are very important issues, that is not the focus of this article. This article is about your relationship with your officers, the dynamic of your agency and being the leader your officers need.More

Exclusive: Massachusetts officers describe takedown of Boston bombers
The New York Post
In an exclusive interview, the heroes of the 68-officer Watertown Police Department of Massachusetts sat down with The New York Post to describe, blow-by-harrowing blow, their takedown of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. More

With 70 shootings in 5 days, Chicago law enforcement addresses violence
Chicago Tribune
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he's "disappointed" by the recent bout of violence, including more than 70 people shot, 12 fatally, from July 3-7. In defending the department's strategies, however, McCarthy pointed to drops of 25 percent in shootings and 29 percent in homicides for the first six months of 2013 compared with a year earlier. More

Take care of your officers
By Brandon Elliott
This is a message to all you sheriffs, chiefs and administrative officers. You ladies and gentlemen have a tough job keeping the ship at sail and the waters smooth. It takes a vast amount of experience and calculated thinking to be the heads and executive officers of your agencies. 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

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.More

Fake urine poses law enforcement challenge
The Journal & Courier via USA Today
For years, offenders have attempted to pass urine screens by borrowing "clean" urine from acquaintances. But now, with increasing frequency, they're turning to synthetic urine blends that boast zero percent failure rates and claim to contain the same characteristics as the real thing.More

US Postal Service logging all mail for law enforcement
The New York Times
Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. "It was a bit of a shock to see it," said Pickering. More than a decade ago, he was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front.More

SmartWater CSI technology to help Florida police find stolen property
There is new technology designed to get back the belongings of robbery victims. It's called SmartWater CSI, and it's being used in the city of Riviera Beach, Fla. SmartWater CSI is forensically encoded liquid that people can apply to their property. Law enforcement can then send a sample to the SmartWater team, who can determine the rightful owner of the property. More