Texas Sheriffs Today
Sep. 19, 2014

Search for central Texas sheriff's deputy suspended but
will resume

ABC News
Inclement weather made rescue crews in central Texas suspend the Sept. 18 search for a sheriff's deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters, while heavy rains in west Texas caused dozens of streets and some houses to flood. Roger Wade, a spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff's Office, said the search would resume on Sept. 19. "We were searching all day, and we will continue searching until we find something," Wade said.More

Midland County sheriff: Reports warn of ISIS terrorist cells coming
across the border

KIKK-AM
VideoBriefMidland County Sheriff Gary Painter said that law enforcement agencies along the "wide open" border have received alerts to be on the lookout for terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria crossing into the United States. Painter, who said he has worked along the border for "about eight years," stated that alerts have been issued to border law enforcement to be on the lookout for suspicious terrorist activity, specifically involving ISIS cells being smuggled into the United States.More

Dallas police investigate 2 suspected domestic violence deaths
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas police were investigating two suspected domestic violence slayings, one involving a mother and a son and the other a man and his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. Police found the body of Onkuli Morris, 65, while conducting a welfare check in a Red Bird-area apartment. Officers followed a trail of blood from the living room of the apartment to a bathroom where they found Morris' body wrapped in a comforter on the bathroom floor, according to an arrest affidavit.More

Austin police patrol high crime area on foot
KVUE-TV
VideoBriefPolice are patrolling one of Austin's high crime neighborhoods on foot, and results show it's making a big difference there. The officers are part of the Austin Police Mobile Walking beat. Several times a week, eight officers and a supervisor work each shift in the Rundberg neighborhood in northeast Austin.More

Texas Rangers investigate leak of Adrian Peterson police file
Houston Chronicle
Texas police have launched a criminal investigation into the leaking to the media of the police file on allegations that NFL running back Adrian Peterson recklessly caused bodily injury to his 4-year-old son when punishing him. The Texas Rangers have confirmed that they are investigating the illegal leak after receiving a request from Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon and Houston Police Department officials. Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said all findings of the investigation will be reported to Ligon's office.More

Why police leaders should be training their replacements
PoliceOne
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

Hiring the best: Be the company people want to work for
The Staffing Stream
Competition to attract and employ high-caliber candidates is tight and, now more than ever, it is imperative that companies have efficient and effective internal recruiting and hiring practices. A first step hiring departments should take to ensure they are bringing on the best talent is to establish and/or reorganize internal procedures aimed at streamlining the recruiting and hiring process. This proven approach can be broken down into the following five steps.More

As staffing companies grow, here are the hardest things to change
Staffing Talk
Many who started staffing business are a pretty coarse bunch. The fear of failing may have them tight-fisted and abrupt. On the flip side, that desire to succeed made them scrappy, creative and intense — qualities that, while they were small, earned them respect and prestige. But as businesses got bigger, a different dynamic took hold. Scrappy, creative and intense started to look micromanaging, inconsistent and unpleasant.More

What can recruiters learn from a candidate's epic failures?
Recruiter
While interviews often include the odd question about candidate weaknesses and failures, the typical interview focuses on success and achievements. The direction and purpose of interviews is usually around a candidate's accomplishments, which means that candidates may merely flirt with the topics of problems and issues. They will talk a bit about setbacks and shortcomings, but few will spill the beans on an out and out epic failure.More

Perceptions haven't caught up to decline in crime
The New York Times
A narrative you rarely hear, according to Justin Wolfers, a professor at the University of Michigan: Our lives are safer. This message is so rarely heard that half of all respondents to a recent YouGov poll suggested that the violent crime rate had risen over the past two decades. The reality, of course, is that it has fallen enormously. The decline in violent crime is one of the most striking trends over recent decades; the rate has declined roughly by half since 1993.More

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos
The Associated Press via KTRK-TV
Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold. Gangs from coast to coast have toned down their use of colors and are even removing or altering tattoos to avoid being easily identified by police and witnesses, law enforcement officials say.More

Tip: Resources to help prevent police officer suicide
PoliceOne
Have you seen a fellow officer who suddenly begins taking unnecessary risks on and off duty? Have you observed a shift in attitude and/or demeanor, like a change from motivated and professional to apathetic and flippant? If so, you may have an opportunity to save a life, because those are among the behaviors commonly seen in an individual contemplating suicide. More cops commit suicide than are feloniously killed in the line of duty — depending on whose data you site, somewhere between 125 and 150 officers reportedly kill themselves annually. Even one officer taking his or her own life is too many.More