Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 1, 2014

Texas sheriffs speak out on damage from illegal immigration
The Daily Caller
VideoBriefThe influx of illegal immigrants into southern Texas is depleting law enforcement resources and causing heavy amounts of damage in the area, said several sheriffs gathered for the annual Sheriff's Association of Texas convention. Brooks County chief deputy Benny Martinez estimated that 85 percent of cases he handles are related to immigration issues and that his rural county is not equipped to handle the workload.More

Police: 14 arrested in Galveston drug bust
The Associated Press via The Eagle
Galveston police say they've arrested 14 people on felony drug charges after an extensive narcotics investigation. A seven-month, multi-agency investigation resulted in 21 indictments, and arrest warrants have been issued for five Galveston men who weren't detained in a police sweep.More

Harris County sheriff asks for help in probe of family's slaying
Authorities are asking for the public's help in their investigation of the slayings six months ago of a family of four, including two children, at their suburban Houston home. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said at a news conference that his agency continues seeking those responsible for the fatal shootings, but investigators are asking anybody with information to come forward.More

Police destroyed 100,000 marijuana plants and arrested 1 man
Reuters via Business Insider
One person has been arrested and more than 100,000 marijuana plants were being eradicated from a sprawling operation in one of the largest pot farming cases in Texas history, police said. The farm, which covered 29 fields, was discovered by a deer hunter in Goodrich, about 65 miles northeast of Houston. The marijuana plants have an estimated value of about $175 million, police said.More

Trafficking bust raises worries over missing kids
The Associated Press via Officer.com
When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them — children who were never reported missing in the first place.More

Shootings redefine beat of school police officers
The New York Times
Once, perhaps unfairly, they fit a Mayberry image. School-based police officers were seen as friendly if a bit over-the-hill, a touch out of shape and counting the days to retirement as they watched children head from the lunchroom to recess. But the string of mass killings at schools over the past 15 years has changed all that, adding urgent new duties and risks to the job and drawing in younger and often burlier officers. Out of hard experience has come a major rethinking of tactics in a crisis.More

Why education is crucial for modern police departments
By Mark Bond
Research studies show that police officers with a college degree provide evidence of better overall job performance and better advancement opportunities then their colleagues without a college degree. Having a college degree also significantly reduces the likelihood that officers will use force as their first option when gaining compliance. Why then is the police profession slow at adapting higher educational standards and requirements for all officers?More

South Texas authorities look for cartel connection in border shootout
Yellow police tape still hung from fences as Texas Rangers walked through the scene where just a day earlier a gang member had gone down in a hail of gunfire in an hours-long shootout with authorities that left two cops wounded. Some police officers spent more than three hours pinned down by the close to 500 shots that were exchanged between authorities and 29-year-old Joaquin Cibrian, a member of the Texas Syndicate gang.More

Houston-area officers disciplined after hazing
A police lieutenant is out of a job and three of his colleagues have been disciplined after an officer was injured in what the chief calls a hazing initiation incident for a new SWAT team member. The lieutenant involved denies it was a hazing incident. Surveillance video shows several officers watching another officer fire a "less-lethal" bean bag round at Officer Erik Marmol.More

Police: 24 arrested for human trafficking in Denton County
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Authorities have cracked down on a human trafficking operation in Denton County that involved several teenagers. Twenty-four people were arrested, and other arrests are expected. Two juveniles were rescued, according to Sandi Brackeen, a spokeswoman for the Denton County Sheriff's Department. None of those arrested was identified because the investigation is continuing, and no additional information was released.More

'Most Wanted' app, Snapchat and lasers that spot drunk drivers
Television shows that profile most wanted criminals and ask for the public's help in finding them have been around for decades. But a new app and a social media avenue take that concept into the modern age.More

How far do you go to defend yourself?
Long Beach Press-Telegram
How far will you go to defend yourself? Do you own a gun for security? Would you kill somebody on your property, if your life was in immediate danger or if they threatened you? Where do you draw the line? A home invasion shooting in Long Beach, California, is shining a new light on the issue.More

Use this 1 simple tactic to maximize your cop salary
By creating a budget, you can break the overtime cycle and give yourself a fighting chance to not only get your head above water but also improve your financial well-being.More