Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 2, 2015

Midland County sheriff lays wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier

A cold and rainy day filled with emotion here at Arlington National Cemetery as Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter, along with three other members of his staff got the chance of a lifetime as they laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

"It is a very humbling experience," Painter said. "To be able to stand on these hallowed grounds and to make a presentation as humbling and as wonderful as that, I never expected. I never anticipated it."More

Former sheriff tackles man who ran from accident
Former Harris County Sheriff and Houston mayoral candidate Adrian Garcia took a page out of his law enforcement days. Garcia was in his campaign office when he heard a crash and saw a man run from the crash scene. Garcia chased the man, tackled him and held him down until police arrived.More

Dallas chief promises response time fix, union releases critical survey
Dallas Police Chief David Brown promised immediate improvement in slow response to lower priority calls as the largest police union issued a survey critical of his management style. At a Dallas Bar Association luncheon, Brown said slower response time is partly the result of policies that have been successful in reducing officer injuries and officer-involved shootings.More

Lawmakers voice support for police chief's 'In God We Trust' decals
Times Record News via PoliceOne.com
State lawmakers stepped up in support of "In God We Trust" decals on Childress Police Department vehicles this week, the latest development in a spat between the North Texas law enforcement group and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The police chief’s answer to the foundation meanwhile: "Go fly a kite."More

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office issues arrest warrant for suspect in connection with recent robberies
East Montgomery Observer
As a result of an ongoing investigation, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives were able to obtain a warrant, in reference to three robberies that occurred on the morning of Sept. 18. A warrant has been issued for Ryan Michael Parish, in reference to the robberies that occurred in the early morning hours in East Montgomery County.More

Concern grows over DNA evidence errors in Texas
Forensic labs are already backed up with tons of work and now prosecutors say they will have to go back and retest a lot of old cases. This afternoon the Texas Forensic Science Commission held a tense meeting discussing misinterpretations with DNA analysis. They said since the late 1999 scientists used a common formula to determine the likelihood that someone on trial would have the same genetic makeup as someone else and the FBI has flagged what it calls minor discrepancies.More

New app brings the field interview into the 21st century
In most general-service law enforcement agencies, field interviews are the go-to source for investigative leads. Patrol cops fill out pre-printed cards with the interviewee's pedigree, where and when he was stopped, and what he was up to. In most places, this process has been ignored by technology. More

Advice to a new FTO
One of the most stressful assignments you can have in a career is that of being a freshly graduated Field Training Officer (FTO) and about to embark with your first recruit. Now to be honest, this does not sound as stressful as many assignments, but when you look at the gravity of this assignment, it can well be one of the most demanding assignments. You have a suitable amount of street experience and have attended the FTO School, so what is the big issue? There are several things that can cloud your performance and hopefully not impede the recruit's progress.More