Texas Sheriffs Today
Jul. 18, 2014

Talking with gangsters: Dos, don'ts and reasons you should
PoliceOne.com
Conversing with gang members is about as appealing as doing your taxes. Gang members are criminals who don't like law enforcement and many in law enforcement don't have love for them, either. But like the tax rebate check you get as your reward for your labors at tax time, conversations with gang members can pay dividends.More

Police pull robbery suspect out of East Texas lake
KLTV-TV
A robbery in Henderson County, Texas, led police on a manhunt that ended when police pulled one of the suspects out of Cedar Creek Lake. Henderson County sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery at a gaming establishment off of Highway 175 near Eustace. An employee told deputies that he had been robbed by a man and a woman, who fled the business with cash.More

How do we change police culture to save the lives of fellow officers?
By Mark Bond
As a profession, we openly talk about officer safety, yet we refuse to talk about the No. 1 killer of police officers: law enforcement suicide. Law enforcement suicide is real, yet the police culture continues to ignore the facts. What makes us afraid to talk about a real problem? Why do we not have stronger leadership on this issue? More

High-tech spray catches criminals in their tracks
Fox News
Just as finger printing and DNA revolutionized law enforcement, there's a new, liquid, crime-fighting tool being used to catch criminals. SmartWater CSI is a potion made of 26 rare earth metals, and each bottle contains a signature that links owners to their belongings — and criminals to the scene of the crime. Cops in Florida and Indiana recently have been using the high-tech spray, which has been used for years in the U.K.More

White House faces border bill resistance
The Associated Press via Officer.com
The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border, raising questions about chances for any action in Congress to address the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into South Texas. More

Police officer rescues same dog twice, adopts him
KETK-TV
How about a feel good story from a loyal police officer in Arlington? Sgt. Gary Carter with the Arlington Police Department has saved the same pit bull for the second time. A few weeks ago, Sgt. Carter rescued "Jeffrey" and took him back to his owner's home.More

North Texas citizens police the police
KXAS-TV
A group called Cop Block has members following officers with cameras to record their every move, but Arlington police say they are creating potentially dangerous situations. It's a trend that's growing in Texas and across the country: citizens patrolling for police officers while those officers are patrolling the streets.More

The dangers of vehicle pursuits: New emerging issues
Police Chief Magazine
As long as crime has existed, criminals have been attempting to elude justice. The invention of the automobile gave criminals one more way to attempt to escape the grasp of law enforcement. While the use of motor vehicles by criminals is widespread, one could assume that vehicle pursuits have become safer for officers over time. Improvements in vehicle safety technology have made cars more maneuverable and safe, increasing the likelihood of surviving a high-speed crash. Advances in emergency trauma medicine have also increased the survival rate of traffic crash victims. More

High-tech spray catches criminals in their tracks
Fox News
Just as finger printing and DNA revolutionized law enforcement, there's a new, liquid, crime-fighting tool being used to catch criminals. SmartWater CSI is a potion made of 26 rare earth metals, and each bottle contains a signature that links owners to their belongings — and criminals to the scene of the crime. Cops in Florida and Indiana recently have been using the high-tech spray, which has been used for years in the U.K.More

3 Cedar Hill police burned while subduing man who set himself on fire
The Dallas Morning News
Three Cedar Hill police officers were burned while trying to subdue a burglary suspect who had set himself on fire, authorities said. All three officers and the suspect, who was shot during the struggle, were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Cedar Hill spokesman Corky Brown said.More

Spring man charged with capital murder for shooting dead 6
Reuters
A man was charged with capital murder after appearing at the house of his estranged wife's relatives disguised as a FedEx driver and gunning down a married couple and four of their children, authorities said. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was being held without bond since his arrest after the shooting in the Houston suburb of Spring, they said.More

Texas police investigate bodies left at vacated funeral home
The Associated Press via Beaumont Enterprise
Police are investigating whether several bodies were left unattended after a mortuary service was told to move out of its building in Fort Worth. Police Sgt. Raymond Bush says the property owner told Johnson Family Mortuary to vacate the building. He says the property owner returned recently to find "multiple bodies" in the building but no workers.More

Law enforcement says deadly force decisions the hardest
WALB-TV
VideoBriefLaw enforcement officers, at any time, could have to make split-second decision — when to use deadly force. Those who train officers to handle such situations says it is the toughest challenge those who carry a badge can face. Deputies train to be ready in case of danger. It's something that all law enforcement officers know they could face with little warning and train to be prepared. More

Police investigating death of Texas toddler run over at birthday party
The Associated Press via KPRC-TV
Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was run over at a birthday party in South Texas. The Bee County Sheriff's Office says Carlos Valdemar Gutierrez died near Beeville. They say a 33-year-old woman ran over the toddler as she was backing her car down a driveway. Gutierrez was transported to an area hospital where he died.More