Texas Sheriffs Today
Sep. 20, 2013

Sheriff Leroy Moody showing improvement
KIII-TV
San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody — the third longest running sheriff in Texas — has been at Christus Spohn Shoreline since having a heart attack, but is reportedly resting peaceably and is improving. Moody does, however, remain in the intensive care unit. His family says they appreciate all the prayers and support during this time. More

Drone law limits private use, has exception for law enforcement
The Associated Press via Fox News
Texas, along with six other states, recently passed a drone law that targets inappropriate use of the technology. While the new law restricts drone use by citizens and public entities, it does include an exception for law enforcement use of drones.More

Deaf horse enlisted for police duties in Texas
Horse Talk
A deaf horse named Smash has been enlisted to serve with the Houston Police Department's mounted patrol. Smash became the first horse to have a formal graduation ceremony, after completing his training with flying colors.More

FBI releases crime statistics for 2012
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.More

Man charged with 1st-degree murder in shooting of Iowa officer
The Associated Press via PoliceOne
In Iowa, Officer Jamie Buenting of the Rockwell City Police Department was killed in the line of duty during a standoff. Corey Trott, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Buenting, 37.More

Washington, DC, police adjust how schools are patrolled
The Washington Post
Police in Washington, D.C., have quietly adjusted the way they patrol the city's traditional public and charter schools. With this change, law enforcement are moving away from assigning dedicated officers to most public high schools — instead they are clustering groups of schools with shared officers.More

New technology aids California police in gang enforcement
Long Beach Press Telegram
Opposition has risen against the use of gang injunctions by those who claim their sweeping nature violates the civil liberties of those living within their boundaries. But a new technology developed by a local company is helping Long Beach, Calif., authorities be more precise and effective in the way they target gang members. More

Drone law limits private use, has exception for law enforcement
The Associated Press via Fox News
Texas, along with six other states, recently passed a drone law that targets inappropriate use of the technology. While the new law restricts drone use by citizens and public entities, it does include an exception for law enforcement use of drones.More

Gov. Rick Perry hands out Star of Texas Awards to law enforcement
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
Texas law enforcement, first responders and firefighters were honored by Gov. Rick Perry as recipients of the Star of Texas Award. The 12 volunteer firefighters who perished in the West fertilizer plant blast were also posthumously awarded for their bravery.More

Under new law, Texas police can act as gun dealers
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting in September, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them.More

New York K-9 finds drugs 1st day on duty
The Daily Star
In Delaware County, N.Y., Ozzie — a new drug-detecting German shepherd — earned his keep on his first day on the job by leading lawmen to two packets of heroin secreted in a car, authorities said. The drug stash probably would have gone undetected without Ozzie, Undersheriff Craig DuMond said.More

Young boy donates savings to police in Wisconsin
WTMJ-Radio via WTMJ-TV
A young boy in Wisconsin donated his money to the Greenfield Police Department, but left before anyone could thank him. According to the police department, he left a bag of change at the counter and told the clerk he wanted to donate his money to "the police."More

15 ways to spot a stolen car
PoliceLink
"G-ride, Hot Roller, Code 37" — no matter what you call it, arresting someone driving a stolen car is solid police work. In this article we are going to examine 15 tactics that will assist you in locating stolen cars. More