Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 28, 2015

Bexar County sheriff works to prevent jail suicides
For Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, mental illness is personal. She learned sensitivity for mental illness from him and from a brother who was bipolar, long before there was a name for the condition. As an adult, she endured emotional and physical abuse from a husband who committed suicide the day she finally left him in 1978.

So when recent data showed the Bexar jail had the highest number of suicides in the state, Pamerleau was taken aback. While it's acknowledged that in previous years, the jail had difficulty handling inmates with mental illness concerns, Pamerleau's administration has made numerous changes to help improve the situation.More

Jackson County sheriff: Feds forcing release of criminal aliens
New federal immigration policies are endangering our nation's communities by forcing the release of criminal aliens back into the community. These are the words of Jackson County Sheriff AJ "Andy" Louderback, who appeared on the nationally syndicated Laura Ingraham Radio Show on Thursday.More

Police secretly track cellphones to solve routine crimes
USA Today
The crime itself was ordinary: Someone smashed the back window of a parked car one evening and ran off with a cellphone. What was unusual was how the police hunted the thief. Detectives did it by secretly using one of the government's most powerful phone surveillance tools — capable of intercepting data from hundreds of people's cellphones at a time — to track the phone, and with it their suspect, to the doorway of a public housing complex.More

Man wanted for sexually assaulting teen with Down Syndrome
Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a teenager with Down Syndrome Monday afternoon, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's office. Jesus Atrian, 25, allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old at her home around 3:30 p.m. Monday. The victim and her family apparently knew Atrian. The family contacted police Monday and the victim was taken to the hospital and was later released.More

Texarkana police make online crime mapping available
The Texarkana Police Department is making it easy to track crime in area neighborhoods. The current crime data is now available to any resident with internet access. The 15 crime types available are some of the most requested by the public. More

Arlington eyes pilot program for police body cameras
McClatchy via SecurityInfoWatch
City Manager Trey Yelverton outlined a $221.6 million preliminary operating budget for 2015-16 to nearly 100 people at a recent town hall meeting, but a $50,000 line item might have drawn the most interest. The money would fund a six-month pilot program for police to use body cameras.More

Kilgore police take unusual approach to drug crimes
A recent post to the official Kilgore Police Department Facebook page is unique, to say the least. In a short form, drug dealers are offered the opportunity to turn in their competition. Kilgore Police offer the service of removing that competition free of charge.More

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings
The Associated Press via WBUR-FM
Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — "blunt impact projectiles" that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that's the goal.More

7 reasons why electronic citations are better than paper
Traffic citations are seldom anyone's favorite thing. Most cops would rather be doing something else, and the violators hate them even more. Electronically generated citations make the task a bit more palatable on both sides of the transaction, and bring even more benefits. The eCitation Coalition is trying to beat the drum so that more state and local agencies embrace this technology.More