Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 8, 2014

Enhancing highway and roadway safety: A multi-pronged effort
The Police Chief
Year after year, law enforcement officers are called upon to respond to too many traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Per International Association of Chiefs of Police President Yost Zakhary, law enforcement "needs to work together to change the high-risk behaviors of motorists that lead to crashes through education and awareness, partnerships and high-visibility traffic enforcement."More

Starr County Sheriff's Office: 3 dead in shooting
The Monitor
Starr County authorities discovered one live grenade, two dead men and a third man mortally injured after a shooting at a rural home. Starr County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call of shots fired at a home, and inside the house, they found two Honduran nationals shot to death with an assault rifle and a third man with "severe trauma to the abdomen," said Erasmo Rios Jr., a sheriff's office investigator.More

El Paso police stop convoy protesting 'invasion' at border after call about
gun threat

Fox News Latino
El Paso police pulled over a convoy of people demonstrating against what they called the "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border after authorities were alerted that a demonstrator had threatened someone who opposed their protest. Authorities said a caller alleged that someone who followed the convoy and was a pro-immigrant activist had been threatened with a gun.More

Houston man charged with child porn possession after Google cybertip
VideoBriefA cybertip generated by Google and sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Houston man who is charged with possessing child pornography. Police say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an email that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The company then alerted authorities.More

Marlin detective fired for Facebook post
The Associated Press via KVUE-TV
A Marlin police detective has been fired after allegedly using Facebook to complain about people on public assistance. Police Chief Darrell Allen dismissed Rob Douglas, a five-year veteran of the force southeast of Waco. A post attributed to Douglas expressed frustration about grocery shopping on the first of the month. It spoke of seeing people on public assistance or food stamps and also complained that some have tattoos and expensive car accessories.More

Police, firefighters contribute 191 units of blood
Police officers and firefighters in the central Texas area taking part in the Scott & White Blood Center Boots and Badges blood drive competition in July contributed 191 units. The need for blood is critical, officials say, because the blood supply is typically low during the summer month.More

Can cops really avoid 'extra' shots? A realistic research review
A flashpoint of controversy in some officer-involved shootings is when officers do not immediately cease fire the moment a deadly threat ends and they are no longer in mortal danger. An officer's ability to instantly stop pulling the trigger once a "stop shooting" signal becomes evident is not always considered. Instead, the officer behind the gun may face harsh media criticism and daunting legal action alleging deliberate excessive force for firing "unnecessary" extra rounds.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

'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

Texas sheriffs speak out on damage from illegal immigration
The Daily Caller
The 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.More

Police quotas stir debate: Are they real?
Chesterfield Observer
When it comes to handing out traffic tickets, when is a "benchmark" not a "quota?" That's a question generating considerable debate after a Chesterfield, Virginia, police officer claimed he was denied a pay raise because he failed to meet a quota of two traffic stops and one arrest on a typical shift, according to news reports. The officer resigned.More

Warrants for cellphone searches
An old saying in firearms training is "Speed is fine; accuracy is final." This applies as well to mobile device evidence collection. In fact, you could say this was the gist of the United States Supreme Court's ruling requiring law enforcement to get a warrant to search subjects' mobile devices incident to arrest. That's if you don't have consent or some other exception, including exigency.More