Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 17, 2014

Dallas police chief 'proud' of officers who dealt with
Ebola incidents

The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that he is "proud" of officers for their work dealing with the arrival of Ebola in the city. Dallas police officers have helped keep order at apartment complexes; notified residents about their neighbors testing positive for the virus; briefly stood watch over an Ebola patient's dog; and tracked down a homeless man who officials were trying to monitor.More

Funeral held for slain Midland sheriff's deputy
The Associated Press via Odessa American
Hundreds of friends, family members and law enforcement officers have gathered to honor a slain West Texas sheriff's deputy. The funeral for Midland County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Naylor was held on Oct. 14 in Midland. He was later buried at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs, New Mexico.More

Mistaken package delivery leads to huge Houston drug bust
Houston Chronicle
A simple case of a FedEx package delivered to the wrong address put three suspects in Harris County Jail on various drug and weapons charges.More

Dallas police distribute policies on preventing communicable diseases
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Police Department said it has distributed policies and guidelines to its officers regarding communicable diseases and blood-borne pathogens. The long-standing policy explains how personnel can be exposed and the reporting requirements for those who believe they have been, police said. It also describes precautionary measures for minimizing exposure such as hand washing, using surgical gloves and bandaging any open wounds or cuts.More

Technology may trump policy when it comes to police pursuits
Claims Journal
Despite well-intentioned policies intended to reduce the risk to public safety, police chases are still making headlines. In September, six people were killed in Houston after their vehicle was hit by a suspect fleeing police. A dog was recently injured by a van that was involved in a police chase in Los Angeles.More

New wax form of marijuana worries law enforcement
A new drug is emerging in the metro and causing serious concern. The drug goes by the names wax, butter and honeycomb because its waxy texture makes it look like lip balm. While many adults may not have heard of it, there's a good chance their teens have. Drug agents call it the strongest form of marijuana and some users claim a single hit keeps users high all day.More

Map: Which states reduced their prison rates last year?
A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows which states have managed to shrink their inmate populations in 2013. Working with data released in September by the Department of Justice, the map depicts each state's change in imprisonment rates.More

Midland man impersonates an officer — to a real officer
The Associated Press via KTRK-TV
A Midland man got a surprise when he tried to impersonate a police officer and berate a fellow driver. The driver he chastised was a police detective. Eleazar Cisneros confronted a driver, said he was a police officer and complained about being cut off in the parking lot of a burger joint. When Cisneros was asked to show his police identification, he said he was working undercover.More

DNA links Lubbock man to 2008 murder
For more than six years, Lubbock police have searched for the person responsible for murdering a Lubbock woman and dumping her body in a Northeast Lubbock field. On Oct. 9, police announced that they believe they have the man responsible for that murder behind bars.More

Drones show high promise for assisting law enforcement
North Bay Business Journal
John Noland, a lieutenant with the Santa Rosa, California, police department, wrote a paper in 2012 on unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement for a college program on police management. And he sees great potential for the devices in police work. The 29-year law police veteran expects law enforcement to adopt small UAVs with Styrofoam wings for investigations and crime-scene mapping.More

Law enforcement family stress: When counseling counts
By Mark Bond
Police culture still struggles with acknowledging the serious effects that long-term exposure to traumatic events has on an officer's mental and physical health. These events can be harmful even for officers who have displayed resilience during their careers. Without agencies removing the stigma of officers coming forward who need professional mental healthcare, officers are left to deal with the effects of stress and depression on their own. This can easily transfer to the officers' families as well.More

Ex-gang member-turned-rabbi accused of impersonating police
The Associated Press via PoliceOne
VideoBriefAuthorities say an ex-convict who appears to now be a rabbi is accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer. NBC New York says Avorham Gross, formerly known as Latin Kings member Roberto Eddy Santos, faces dozens of charges.More