Texas Sheriffs Today
Sep. 12, 2014

West Texas sheriff prepped for ISIS fight
San Antonio Express-News
VideoBriefMidland County Sheriff Gary Painter offered candid remarks to CNN regarding the militant group ISIS, stating his office is prepared for terrorist cells attempting to cross the border into Texas. When CNN anchor Don Lemon asked what message Painter wants conveyed to the terrorist group, he firmly stated, "If they rear their ugly head, we'll send them to hell."More

Dallas DA, police officials talk reforms at town hall
Hundreds of community members gathered in the sanctuary of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas for a town hall meeting. The large and passionate crowd showed up to discuss police misconduct, community relations and police reform in and around Dallas County. Dallas Police Chief David Brown and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez sat on the panel with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. They each took time to answer questions from community members.More

Officers chase 18-wheeler through 5 Texas counties
Police did not know what the man was hauling in his trailer, but after the driver of an 18-wheeler blew through a check point in Duval County, officers gave chase. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the driver of the tractor trailer had been referred to a secondary inspection at the Freer Border Patrol Checkpoint after a K-9 alerted agents to the presence of narcotics or concealed humans inside the trailer. Instead of proceeding to the secondary inspection lane, however, the driver hit the gas pedal and hurtled the truck down the highway.More

Suspect sketch released in Houston police impersonation investigation
Houston police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a police impersonation incident. It happened on Aug. 14, when a Harris County Precinct 7 deputy constable assigned to the Harris County Toll Road Division stopped a vehicle that was later determined to have been stolen in March.More

Ex-police officer won't face charges in shooting
USA Today
Former Hearne Police Officer Stephen Stem will not face charges in the May shooting death of 93-year-old Pearlie Golden. Based on the evidence, the Robertson County Grand Jury did not find enough probable cause to proceed with an indictment.More

US police use technology to ID troubled officers
The Associated Press via Phys.org
Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government. While such "early warning systems" are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness or — more importantly — if they're even being properly used.More

Why police leaders should be training their replacements
Leaders can't be created or trained as much as they can be developed. Most people have the seeds of leadership within them, but those seeds don't germinate and grow without some nurturing and encouragement. For this reason among others, leaders should be encouraged to prepare their subordinates to step up and replace them, if necessary.More

Abilene law enforcement keeps visitors safe at West Texas Fair and Rodeo
The West Texas Fair and Rodeo requires tons of manpower every year, including security. In addition to volunteers for the fair, law enforcement is patrolling the fairgrounds looking for anything suspicious and for those who shouldn't be there. Both the Taylor County Sheriff's Department and Abilene Police Department will have officers throughout the fairgrounds keeping an eye on things.More

Dive team finds lost police badge
Temple Daily Telegram
Members of the Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team found a Belton Police Department badge lost by a former Belton Police Department officer and fire marshal more than 10 years ago in Lake Belton, Morgan's Point Resort Police Chief and dive team director Fred Churchill said.More

Denton County sheriff's deputy receives Star of Texas Award
Lake Cities Sun
Denton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Josh Godi has received the Star of Texas Award in the House of Representatives Room in the Capitol Building in Austin. Gov. Rick Perry presented the award, which honors all Texas peace officers and federal law enforcement officers or special agents acting in assistance to state or local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty on or after Sept. 1, 2003.More

Border patrol: Leave enforcement to pros
The Associated Press via Officer.com
The U.S. Border Patrol not long ago was the only law enforcement agency monitoring the fields along the Rio Grande, and an agent's challenge was to distinguish between an exhausted immigrant and a threat. Now the fields are loaded with hundreds of state troopers, National Guardsmen and civilian militia members, all heavily armed and often wearing tactical vests and camouflage.More

Justice Department to investigate Ferguson police force
The Wall Street Journal
The Justice Department will investigate the Ferguson, Missouri, police force for possible misconduct or discrimination, Attorney General Eric Holder said, diving deeper into the debate about how officers interact with minorities in the wake of the recent shooting of an unarmed, black teenager.More

Shaquille O'Neal applies to join reserve police force in Florida
Retired pro basketball star Shaquille O'Neal &mdash has applied to be a reserve police officer in Doral, Florida. O'Neal will now have to clear a background check, as well as pass Florida's officer-certification exam, before joining the department in Doral, about 13 miles west of Miami. The test will assess his physical and psychological fitness, city spokeswoman Christina Baguer told the Miami Herald.More