Texas Sheriffs Today
Jul. 31, 2015

Denton County sheriff recognized for work with
Texas Legislature

Lewisville Leader
Sheriff Chris Kirk of Brazos County, Legislative Committee chairman for the Sheriff's Association of Texas, recognized Denton County Sheriff Will Travis during the morning legislative session of the SAT conference for his work in the fight against the legalization of marijuana, strengthening penalties regarding K2 (synthetic marijuana) and other illicit drugs during the 84th Legislative session of the State Legislature. More

SAT honors Kolkhorst for legislative leadership
The Sealy News
State Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst received the Legislative Leadership Award from the Sheriffs' Association of Texas during their 137th Annual Conference in San Antonio July 21. The presentation was made by the association's president, Sheriff A.J. Louderback of Jackson County.More

Waller County sheriff calls for independent investigation in
Sandra Bland case

In the wake of the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas county jail, Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith has called for the formation of an outside sheriff's commission to evaluate jail procedures, jail personnel and other issues. More

Polk County Sheriff's Office investigating homicide
The Polk County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a 25 year-old woman. According to a press release, deputies were called out to the Lakewood Cabins located off of FM 3277 in the Scenic Loop area in response to an unresponsive female.More

Deer Park officer saves her grandson from drowning
A 3-year-old child nearly drowned in a family pool, but he was saved by a Deer Park police officer — who also happens to be his grandmother. "The craziness about it is we are all aware of pool safety, as an officer I teach pool safety," said Deer Park Police Officer Tina Taylor.More

Dallas ISD police officers train in de-escalating conflicts
Class resumes in Dallas schools in just under a month, but for Dallas ISD police officers, the training doesn't stop. For the first time this year, more than 100 DISD officers are getting a specialized form of training called Verbal Judo, designed to de-escalate potentially volatile situations.More

Fort Worth officials address long police response times
Fort Worth City Council members discussed their concerns about the delayed response times in several Fort Worth neighborhoods. The council reviewed a city report highlighting the increase in response times in the Fort Worth Police and Fire Department.More

Inconsistent drugged driving laws show need for marijuana research
By Denise A. Valenti
There is limited research on marijuana impairment related to driving, but it differs significantly than the impairments caused by alcohol. The uncertainty surrounding this issue has resulted in laws throughout the United States that vary in determining what constitutes driving under the influence of drugs and what the penalty is for doing so. Studies have shown that even small amounts of cannabis in the blood can impair the cognitive perceptual functions necessary for safe driving.More

Police: Full impact of Austin's hands-free law still unclear
The Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Austin police say it's still too early to determine the full impact the city's ban on cellphone use while driving is having on traffic crashes. Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said that's largely because it's difficult to tell which crashes are actually caused by distracted driving. Unless a witness or driver reports that a crash involved a cellphone, Manley said there's no way to know whether using the device was to blame.More

Gun-firing drone subject of federal investigation
ABC News
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a video showing a handgun being fired from a drone in Connecticut. The video — posted to YouTube and titled "Flying Gun" — shows a quadrotor drone with a semi-automatic handgun mounted and firing remotely in the woods. The video was reportedly recorded by 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton, Connecticut, who said he is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, and that the drone represents "one of my many engineering related activities." More