Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 4, 2013

Upton County deputy shot and killed, suspect in custody
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle
Billy "Bubba" Kennedy, a 38-year-old deputy with the Upton County Sheriff's Office, was killed during a shootout at a local convenience store. The suspect, though in custody, has not been identified. The investigation of the incident is being handled by the Texas Rangers.More

Dallas officer helps bring baby into the world
The Associated Press via Officer.com
When Gene Kimpton, a suburban Dallas police officer, was called to a home in Carrollton, he only knew there was an "emergency situation." With his firearm drawn, Kimpton entered the home, only to be ushered by a child into the bathroom to help his mother who was in labor.More

Texas officer fired for traffic stop shooting
Guns.com
Justin Boehm, a five-year veteran of the Austin Police Department, initiated a stop on James Barton, 55, after he ran a red light. The incident resulted in gunfire from Boehm. While no one was injured in the incident, Barton was rushed to the hospital for a panic attack. The officer was fired for the shooting. Chief Art Acevedo said of the termination, "Our department holds officers to standards that are higher than the law requires of them."More

Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says. "And it's so new that many law enforcement agencies aren't getting into it yet." Unfortunately, that is exactly what these criminals are counting on.More

Twitter starts alerts site for governments, law enforcement
The Washington Post
Twitter has become an important resource for updates on what's happening during crisis situations, and the company is now trying to make it easier for officials to share critical information when it matters most.More

Improving the relationship between officers and dispatchers
PoliceOne
Betsy Bratner Smith says: Let's be honest, there is no better example of a "love-hate relationship" than the daily interaction between street cops and their dispatchers. When things are going well, we love each other. When they're not, tempers flare, attitudes take a nosedive and we temporarily hate each other.More

Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says.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

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

New Hampshire Supreme Court weighing probable cause standards
Concord Monitor
A question before the state's highest court has police officials and abuse prevention advocates concerned that a long-standing pillar of the criminal justice system — and the future of law enforcement in New Hampshire — may be in jeopardy.More

Off-duty Philadelphia officers save 9-year-old boy's life
The Philadelphia Daily News via LawOfficer
Tommmy Ramos, a 9-year-old catcher on the Torresdale Boys Club baseball team, had just stepped onto the field for practice when he collapsed. Luckily, two off-duty Philadelphia cops — K-9 Officer John Callahan, a coach with TJ's team, and Gang Unit Officer John Pasquarello, who was watching his son practice — jumped into action.More

15-year-old boy arrested in shooting death of Arizona police officer
The Associated Press via PoliceOne
Jorge Varges, 27, was a Maricopa County, Ariz., detention officer who was attacked outside of his home while working on his car. The 15-year-old boy responsible for the shooting death of Varges will be charged as an adult with first-degree murder.More