Texas Sheriffs Today
Sep. 27, 2013

Remembering former Fort Bend County Sheriff R. George Molina
Fort Bend Star
Former Fort Bend County Sheriff R. George Molina passed away peacefully at the home he so loved along the bank of the Brazos River surrounded by family. Molina was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He slipped away quietly Saturday, Sept. 21.More

Randall County sheriff joins Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
KAMR-TV
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for terms to expire Aug. 30, 2019. One of the new members is Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson. More

5 Texas police departments ban Tasers
MintPress News
About 16,000 law enforcement agencies internationally use Tasers. Now five police departments in North Texas — Mansfield, Richland Hills, Crowley, Murphy and Burleson — announced they had removed Taser guns from the list of equipment used by officers.More

2 Selma police officers, suspect wounded in gunfire
San Antonio Express-News
Within three minutes of getting calls about a man dragging a woman by her hair — kicking and screaming into a house — a Selma police officer walked into the living room and faced a pistol in the hands of Jessie Hernandez Jr., officials said in an arrest warrant affidavit.More

Social media policies and strategies for your agency
By Liz Murphy
Social media is the future of how law enforcement agencies will interact with the communities they serve. But before you send out your first official tweet, you must establish rules that govern how your staff represents your agency to the public. In addition, you should develop a clear communications strategy that defines how and when you interact with the community and who delivers those messages. It is a lot of work, but your effort will be rewarded, as social media is a versatile platform that will allow you to engage, inform and protect the communities you serve.More

Atlanta police trying out crime predictive technology
WSB-TV
The Atlanta Police Department is showing off new technology intended to help officers predict where criminals will strike next. The system is called Pred Pol, and Atlanta's police Chief George Turner said he believes it helps push the city to the forefront of new technology.More

New North Carolina law prohibits police from destroying most guns
The Charlotte Observer
Raleigh police and North Carolina sheriffs are asking their attorneys to review a law that prohibits them from destroying seized firearms in their evidence vaults. Many law enforcement officials say they only recently learned about the new statute, which took effect Sept. 1. More

Social media policies and strategies for your agency
By Liz Murphy
Social media is the future of how law enforcement agencies will interact with the communities they serve. But before you send out your first official tweet, you must establish rules that govern how your staff represents your agency to the public. In addition, you should develop a clear communications strategy that defines how and when you interact with the community and who delivers those messages.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

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

Police Innovation Conference gives agencies insight into new technology
Boston Magazine
For the first time ever, police from all over the country met in Cambridge, Mass., to discuss how the latest emerging technologies present both problems — and solutions — for first responders. They also talked about ways police can work with the latest developments born from this sector in order to close the book on investigations, and respond to emergency situations more effectively.More

Life sentences reach record high as crime goes down
The Sentencing Project
The number of prisoners serving life sentences continues to grow, even while serious, violent crime has been declining for the past 20 years. Moreover, little public safety benefit has been demonstrated to correlate with increasingly lengthy sentences.More

How to give your trainees feedback that matters
PoliceOne
When watching a good trainer, the one thing that becomes obvious right away is their ability to tell the trainee how to do better in whatever skill is being learned or improved. I always get a kick out of observing a truly gifted trainer turn good shooters into excellent shooters with only one or two comments, or a simple adjustment of a grip during a shoot — then letting the shooter practice the new and improved skill.More

Commentary: Signs evident in hindsight, predicting violent behavior tough
The New York Times
In hindsight, it may seem clear that Aaron Alexis, the alleged Washington Navy Yard shooter, posed a threat long before the attack. But most mental health experts say that barring the rare few who declare their intentions, it can be extremely difficult to pick out people who are likely to commit murder. More