Texas Sheriffs Today
Sep. 18, 2015

Border sheriff works with Mexico to find missing
persons and criminals

A Texas border sheriff and Mexican officials have begun working together in a unique partnership of sorts that has resulted in finding answers to missing persons cases as well as in capturing U.S. fugitives hiding in Mexico. The partnership, which has already resulted in various successful extraditions, began when Roberto Rene Rodriguez, an agent assigned to a task force with the Coahuila Attorney General's Office and Mexico's Attorney General's Office, reached out to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office, said Sheriff Tom Schmerber.More

Teen provides 'backup' for Harris County deputy pumping gas
When a Texas teenager provided "backup" for a law officer pumping gas alone in the rain near Houston, she snapped a selfie of the two of them. It has gone viral. Harris County Deputy Constable Tommi Jones Kelley posted the photo this week to Facebook and wrote, "this teenager I've never met before is standing right behind me & says, 'ma'am, do u mind if I stand here behind you while u get ur gas?'" She asked him why. The young man, whom she identified as Mckinley Zoellner, answered "to make sure you stay safe!" Kelley wrote.

The gesture delighted Kelley, particularly in light of the killing of a sheriff's deputy at a gas station a little over a week ago. Fellow Deputy Darren Goforth was shot dead on Aug. 28 while refueling his patrol car. The 10-year veteran was in uniform at the time. Officials described it as an "execution-style" attack.More

A look at cities, states receiving $79 million for rape kit tests
The Associated Press via ABC News
Officials announced that an estimated 70,000 unexamined rape kits sitting in laboratories and evidence collection rooms across the country will be tested with a combined $79 million in federal and New York City funds. The grants, secured with $41 million in federal funds and $38 million from the Manhattan district attorney's office, will go to 43 jurisdictions in 27 states.More

Frisco campus officers issued 'go bags,' body cameras to secure schools
The Dallas Morning News
Preparing for the worst-case scenario is a police officer's job. And when your patrol beat includes campus hallways, that means you must be ready to react to a school shooting. So this year, the Frisco Police Department has issued "go bags" to all 25 of its school resource officers assigned to work in the district's high schools and middle schools. The bags contain tourniquets and Israeli bandages — designed for traumatic injuries such as gunshot wounds — as well as tactical gear like straps that could be used to drag a person to safety and door stops to limit access to an area.More

Waco police: Loaded gun removed from woman's body cavity during
drug bust

Waco Tribune-Herald
Waco police say they removed a loaded handgun from a woman's body during a cavity search. Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers stopped an SUV for a traffic violation and found methamphetamine inside. A man and woman were arrested. Swanton says while 31-year-old Ashley Cecilia Castaneda was being taken to the McLennan County Jail, she told an officer she had a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun inside her vagina.More

Concealed handgun permit now to be used as ID in Texas
A new form of identification is now being accepted in the state of Texas. House Bill 2739 recently went into affect, allowing a concealed handgun license to be used as a valid form of identification making it easier for users to use it at various types of businesses. More

Donation brings K-9 officer to Valley Mills police
Waco Tribune-Herald
At 19 months old, Officer Hetes has joined the Valley Mills Police Department as the agency's first K-9 officer. The department's new German shepherd is trained in drug detection and patrol. Mayor Ray Bickerstaff said the addition was long overdue. More

Rep. Michael McCaul: Police survivor benefits delay 'unconscionable'
USA Today
Rep. Michael McCaul said delays in federal benefits for fallen police and fire officials are "unacceptable" and vowed to introduce legislation to fix the longstanding problem. As of August, 750 survivors had outstanding claims for benefits, backlogged several years, according to a USA TODAY Media Network investigation last week.More

Abbott honors 28 Texas peace officers killed or injured in the line of duty
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott presented the Star of Texas Award to 28 men and women Thursday morning who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. The Star of Texas Awards are presented annually to peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been killed or have sustained serious injuries in the line of duty.More