Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 21, 2015

New Internet technology could aid police, courts and prisons
Rand Corporation via Phys.org
New Internet-based technology may aid criminal justice agencies through tools such as better criminal databases, remotely conducted criminal trials and electronic monitoring of parolees in the community, according to a new study. Top criminal justice priorities for new Internet tools include developing a common criminal history record that can be shared across agencies, developing real-time language translation tools and improved video displays for law enforcement officers to adapt to changing needs.More

Off-duty Kaufman County sheriff's deputy saves baby from hot car
An off-duty Kaufman County Sheriff's deputy was out shopping and ended up saving a life. Deputy Matthew Slater was walking out of the Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony when he saw a commotion in the parking lot. A baby was left inside a hot car and the parents were nowhere in sight. Slater sprang into action, breaking the window with his pocket knife and rescuing the baby.More

Denton County Sheriff's Office receives funds
Denton Record-Chronicle
The Denton County Sheriff's Office recently received more than $300,000 stemming from drug trafficking enterprises, officials said. Sandi Brackeen, spokeswoman for the office, said Sheriff Will Travis and Chief Deputy Rex George accepted a forfeiture check in the amount of $312,572.68 from the Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday. The money was obtained following an aggressive investigation of criminal organizations distributing controlled substances in North Texas and throughout the United States, according to a news release sent Wednesday morning by Brackeen.More

Irving launching police support campaign
There has been a lot of unrest recently between police officers and the communities which they serve, but a North Texas mayor is hoping to change the way that the officers are treated. Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne will be at the city's convention center to launch the new campaign. It has been dubbed Irving High Five, and it is meant to recognize police officers for what they do to protect citizens on a daily basis. More

Jailer dies after confrontation with combative inmate
Houston Chronicle
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Thursday that a jailer died earlier in the day after a confrontation with a combative inmate. Hickman identified the jailer as Tronoski Jones during an afternoon press conference. The sheriff said the inmate was being moved at about 4 a.m. Thursday from one section of the Harris County Jail to another area when the inmate became confrontational and combative. More

Facial recognition software moves from overseas wars to local police
The New York Times
Facial recognition software, which American military and intelligence agencies used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan to identify potential terrorists, is being eagerly adopted by dozens of police departments around the country to pursue drug dealers, prostitutes and other conventional criminal suspects. But because it is being used with few guidelines and with little oversight or public disclosure, it is raising questions of privacy and concerns about potential misuse. More

Interpol offers help in the battle against cybercrime
By Archita Datta Majumdar
For police departments around the world, cybercrime has become yet another addition to their workload — and not all are equipped to handle it. Lack of resources is an issue, but a lack of awareness is also preventing effective cybercrime fighting. There is a huge knowledge gap between crime fighters and the increasingly complex nature of cybercrime. However, Interpol is looking to bridge that gap. And judging by Interpol's recent activities, their focus is intensifying on that front.More

6 myths of police training that inhibit effective learning
As police training moves toward a more scientific base, certain widely accepted concepts in the teaching of physical skills are being challenged as myths that actually impede learning and, most important, retention. Police trainers must make the most of the time they have by using the science of motor learning and performance to improve the training they deliver.More