Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 9, 2015

Border sheriffs react to DOJ plan to release up to 2,000 criminal illegal aliens
Border sheriffs are responding to a report that the U.S. Department of Justice is set to engage in the largest one-time release of federal prisoners. Six thousand inmates will receive early release, 2,000 of which are "foreign citizens" who officials claim "will be quickly deported." The release is set to occur between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.

"Law enforcement should always be concerned when this number of criminals will be released." said Jackson County, Texas, Sheriff A.J. "Andy" Louderback, who also serves as legislative director of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas. "I am also concerned that although the federal government claims they will be deported, as many as 2,000 illegal aliens could be released into our communities."More

Randall County Sheriff's Office IDs man killed in officer-involved shooting
Amarillo Globe-News
The Randall County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday identified the man killed in a officer-involved shooting Friday at a home south of Amarillo. Matthew Ray Dobbins, 29, was pronounced dead at Northwest Texas Hospital, Randall County Sheriff's Office spokesman Danny Alexander said.More

Video: Deputy joins high school drumline, wows crowd
A deputy's drumming skills are going viral, all thanks to a video posted online. The Atascosa County Sheriff's Office shared a video to the department's Facebook page showing Deputy Sheriff A.J. Mendez joining the Poteet High School marching band's drumline in a football game on Saturday night.More

Police discover 91 pounds of marijuana in car's gas tank
Two people have been arrested for transporting over 90 pounds of marijuana hidden in their vehicle's gas tank, according to an affidavit. 37-year-old Madalena Flores was stopped Oct. 6 by a Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy on I-35 near Jarrell for not having a front license plate. Flores was driving with 22-year-old passenger Jose Olguin.More

Bill would let commanders authorize troops to carry guns on US bases
Defense legislation lawmakers agreed to recently would let commanders authorize troops to carry guns on military bases in the U.S. The annual defense authorization bill calls for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to establish a process by Dec. 31 in which commanders can authorize a service member at a military installation, reserve center, recruiting location or defense facility in the U.S. to carry a gun on the premises if he or she "determines that carrying such a firearm is necessary as a personal- or force-protection measures."More

Success strategies for women officers
Women officers who have set clear goals, effectively managed risk and invested wisely in themselves will be in the best positions to seize new opportunities and make positive, lasting changes in their organizations and their communities.More

New law enforcement standards for use of deadly force
By Archita Datta Majumdar
In a recent move, Ohio's state law enforcement board announced standards for the use of deadly force by police. The mandate is the first of its kind in the state and a new concept for many other states as well. The new standards will limit the use for deadly force to defend either people from serious injury or death or officers in an extreme situation. Consistent with national and international policies on force, these rules will be the right step to improve relations between police and communities.More

New reporting of police shootings starts in Texas
Police departments and other law enforcement agencies now have to submit new information to the state when officers shoot someone or are shot. The Texas Attorney General's office has launched a website with initial forms for reporting officer-involved shootings.More

Do body cameras affect how police interact with the public?
Journalist's Resource
Police use of force has been heavily scrutinized for more than a year after fatal police encounters with unarmed black men around the U.S. The increased attention has renewed calls for law enforcement officers to wear video cameras while on duty. Supporters say the devices are needed to provide transparency, build public trust and provide evidence against false complaints. But as more law enforcement agencies begin using them, questions emerge as to when they should be turned on and off and how much footage should be made available to the public.More