Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 15, 2014

Sheriffs up in arms over National Guard deployment
Bloomberg via Portland Press Herald
Sheriffs are fuming over Gov. Rick Perry's failure to consult them before dispatching 1,000 National Guardsmen to bolster the border with Mexico. Local officers say they've confronted the daily fallout from a porous border and broken immigration system for decades, while the guard troops will lack authority to make arrests and are unfamiliar with the terrain.More

Sheriff: $1.7 million marijuana farm found in Washington County
Authorities say they've seized $1.7 million worth of marijuana plants in a central Texas drug bust. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said that nearly 3,500 plants were found on a 50-acre property near Navasota. The plants ranged from two to eight feet tall.More

Cherokee County sheriff: Bullard teen arrested for joy ride on stolen tractor
Cherokee County sheriff detectives arrested a Bullard teenager after she allegedly stole a tractor and took it for a joy ride. On Aug. 4, Cherokee County Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Department reported missing equipment, valued over $100,000. Precinct 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti said that a 2010 Massey Ferguson tractor with a Caterpillar boom-ax was left at a work area near Bullard at the intersection of Farm to Market 2137 and Country Road 3602 after work on July 30.More

Diboll police chief steps down amid allegations
The city of Diboll's police chief resigned amid allegations during a city council meeting. According to City Manager Dennis McDuffie, Police Chief Ricky Conner voluntarily stepped down after officers brought forward issues within the department. The allegations were not criminal, McDuffie said.More

'Sovereign citizen' sets dumpster fire, reports self missing to set up
police ambush

Raw Story
Police arrested a self-described "sovereign citizen" accused of shooting at police and firefighters after setting fire to a trash bin in Dallas. Emergency crews responded to the afternoon dumpster fire when the man opened fire on officers. Police said the gunman, who was the subject of a missing persons report filed that afternoon, threatened a babysitter who retreated into a nearby home with an 8-year-old girl.More

Alligator found outside Katy ISD junior high school
VideoBriefKaty ISD teachers preparing for the first day of school got a surprise when an alligator was found on campus. According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, the gator was found outside a door at Beck Junior High. The animal slowly moved its way to another side of the campus, where it was secured by deputies near several air conditioning units. More

Law enforcement increase effort to prevent threat of homegrown terrorists
Fox News
VideoBriefIn the past few months, federal agents arrested and filed terrorism charges against several Americans, experts said in an effort to prevent homegrown terrorists. According to the New York Police Department, more than 100 Americans are possibly training within Al Qaeda-inspired groups like the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS operating in Syria and Iraq.More

Houston man charged with child porn possession after Google cybertip
A 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

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

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

10 leadership myths debunked
The Police Chief
Law enforcement agencies are defined by the quality of their leadership. Leaders play a major role in establishing a vision, setting organizational goals and motivating officers to reach those objectives. On the other hand, law enforcement leaders who espouse the wrong values or who model inappropriate behaviors can create an atmosphere of apathy, frustration and, in certain cases, corruption and abuse. To be successful, today's law enforcement leaders must be equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to build trust, inspire others, cultivate organizational change, lead teams, develop cooperation and promote ethical behavior.More

Spy satellites fighting crime from space
Months after the murder of Rania Alayed, the search for her body had ground to a halt. Although her husband — who had admitted to her killing — indicated the approximate location where he buried the body off a highway near Manchester, northern England, police were still left with miles of open field to dig through. Frustrated with the high cost and lack of progress, investigators turned to an experimental form of satellite imaging.More

Facebook in fight over nearly 400 warrants
The Associated Press via Officer.com
Facebook's fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users' postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians. Lawyers for Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup and Tumblr said they were seeking to join the clash on Facebook's side. The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union also have recently said they were backing Facebook.More

How lack of sleep may cause deadly errors
Officers frequently suffer from high levels of fatigue due to lack of sleep, unusual shift schedules and long hours awake. Fatigue impairs a person's mental functioning, especially in areas such as decision-making, reaction time and memory. A new study conducted by David Blake and Dr. Edward Cumella has addressed the impact of fatigue on officers' performance in deadly-force situations.More