Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 9, 2013

Atascosa county sheriff equipped COPsync
Pleasanton Express
The Atascosa County Sheriff's Office has taken a major step into the modern computerized world of high tech law enforcement. Sheriff David Soward has announced that all vehicles in the department will be equipped with COPsync. Soward explained that COPsync is a statewide computer based network that provides an endless amount of tools to his deputies.More

Wood county sheriff introduces newest 4-legged deputy
KLTV-TV
The Wood County Sheriff's Department announced the addition of its newest deputy and, no bones about it, this rookie officer has a nose for police work. Copper is a bloodhound puppy. An American Kennel Club-registered dog, Copper will be the first member of the sheriff's office search and rescue team.More

North Texas police dogs get extra protection to keep them safe from harm
KDFW-TV
Some North Texas police dogs will now be outfitted with bulletproof and stab-proof vests to protect them in the line of duty. Dallas, McKinney and Holliday police departments all got the vests during a ceremony at Fair Park in Dallas. More

Survey: Texas sheriffs support the bail bonds industry
PRWeb
Eric Granof, managing director of ExpertBail, said, "The Texas results are even more impressive." When asked how important commercial bail was to the criminal justice system, 100 percent of those that responded stated that bail was important. Ninty percent of those stated that commercial bail was "very important." Granof also noted, "What these survey results do is tell a more accurate story about the bail bond industry." More

Social media and the police
By Brandon Elliott
Today, nearly everyone is actively part of some form of online social media, and police officers are no exception. Generally, police officers that take part in social media are smart about what they post and say online. We all know by now that the Internet can become an open record that anyone can see. Policies should be in place to regulate the officers' use of social media. If not issues could arise like the four police officers in Irvington, N.J., who have had charges filed against them by their department for composing rap videos and placing them on the Internet.More

Kansas police: New video technology benefits officers
WIBW-TV
After an incident in Kansas where a suspect — who charged an officer with a knife — was shot and killed, police were quickly able to revisit the shooting thanks to new technology. Police Chief Ron Miller says the entire confrontation was captured on a body camera worn by the officer. The technology gives Topeka police a whole new point of view.More

Data analytics help Michigan police cut crime
Government Technology
Imagine a society where police officers regularly stay ahead of crime and stop criminal activity before it happens. Does this sound too good to be true? Think again. Police departments in Oakland county, Mich., are keeping crime down throughout the region thanks to the use of advanced crime analytics software.More

Technology empowers police, but brings familiar threats
AFCEA
New technological advancements have arrived for law enforcement at the local level, but police now find themselves facing challenges brought about these innovative capabilities. Problems of security and adversarial use of technology have added to traditional problems that police departments have faced for decades.More

Social media and the police
By Brandon Elliott
Today, nearly everyone is actively part of some form of online social media, and police officers are no exception. Generally, police officers that take part in social media are smart about what they post and say online. We all know by now that the Internet can become an open record that anyone can see. More

Latest advances in cellphone forensic tools
By Archita Datta Majumdar
We don't talk about popularity and increasing use of cellphones anymore. They are now an integral part of our lives, much as basic electricity is. Needless to say, every new technology and development has its pros and cons. While cellphones have transformed the way we communicate today, they are yet another tool used by perpetrators to commit crimes. More

Gregg county sheriff elected president of the Sheriff's Association of Texas
KETK-TV
Gregg county Sheriff Maxey Cerliano was elected president of the Sheriff's Association of Texas at their 135th Annual Training Conference held in Corpus Christi, July 20-23. Cerliano has been the sheriff of Gregg county since 2001. More

Midyear report: 4 critical lessons line-of-duty deaths
PoliceOne
We have passed well through the midway point of 2013, and we stand at 58 police officer line-of-duty deaths. That is down 2 percent from last year. As always, we honor our fallen best by learning from them, so what can we garner from these sobering facts? More

New York: New laws honor fallen officers, make killing police dogs a felony
The Journal News
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed two pieces of legislation into law honoring fallen law enforcement officers and stiffening penalties for killing police animals in the line of duty. "Police animals go where others will not in order to keep law enforcement officials and all New Yorkers safe from harm, and it's a tragedy when one is killed," Cuomo said in a statement.More

Chicago cop pulled over by police impersonators
Chicago Tribune
Chicago police are looking for two men who posed as police officers when they pulled over a motorist who turned out to be an actual Chicago police officer. When the officer pulled over, he knew he hadn't committed any traffic violations and sensed something was odd.More