Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 23, 2015

How tattoos define the gangs threatening Texas and other cities
My San Antonio
Tattoos are more than just a fad that will seemingly never jump the shark. Whether they are hidden on the lower back or cover the entirety of someones arm, tattoos are defining marks of people's personalities and in many cases, their criminal affiliations. The FBI is even developing a master database of tattoos since many transnational gangs heavily use tattoos to show their connections. It's something residents in Texas need to pay attention to.More

All police officers now equipped with body cameras
Now, every sworn member of the Cedar Park Police Department will be equipped with an L3 mobile-vision body worn camera. The device provides officers with the ability to take still photos and video footage during calls for service and proactive interaction with the community. The body cameras sync with the Department’s in-car camera system (also the L3 brand). At the end of a shift, officers download the footage where it is available for retrieval for 90 days unless it has evidentiary value in which case it is retained until no longer needed.More

How to avoid a training rut
Firearms training should be anything but mundane. It should be task oriented and deliberate. However, sometimes we get into a training rut. When we do, it's time to deprogram. There is definitely training value in shooting paper targets on "square" ranges. However, switching up the scenario, even slightly, will improve the effectiveness for officers forced to use their firearm on duty.More

Commissioners enter in contract negotiation for a new jail
Tom Green County officials will soon move into negotiating a contract for the construction of a new jail. The Commissioners Court approved authorization for the county judge to enter into contract negotiations with Kinney Franke Architects. “We’ve been spending 18 months studying and evaluating a host of different scenarios,” said Judge Steve Floyd. “Now, one has emerged as we have believed to be the best option. We’re ready to go forward.”More

Oil boom, drugs linked to increase in officer killings, Texas sheriff says
A small highway in West Texas serves as a reminder of the cost that violent crime can have on a community and that not even the officials sworn to protect them are immune from its violent grip. For those driving home from work in Odessa to neighboring Midland, Highway 191 serves as a local relief route to the busy Interstate 20 a few miles south.More

Texas cities in crosshairs as US Senate votes on defunding 'sanctuary cities'
Breit Bart
The United States Senate will finally vote on a bill defunding sanctuary cities across America and two Texas cities could land right in the crosshairs of this battle. The vote on the “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act,” (S. 2146) is scheduled for a motion to proceed vote on Tuesday afternoon. The bill, introduced by Louisiana Senator Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 71 percent, provides that localities that refuse to turn over illegal aliens to federal law enforcement agencies will lose federal funding. More

City leaders go full court press for new courthouse
Texas Public Radio
A group of San Antonio city leaders were in Washington, D.C. to enlist the help of Texas' Senior Senator John Cornyn about the urgency they feel in replacing the John H. Wood Jr. Federal Courthouse. The Wood courthouse has a lot of problems. Drinking water in some of its public fountains have tested positive for harmful contaminants, complaints from court workers about air quality have led to multiple meetings with the building's landlord, the U.S. General Services Administration, and — as for security — there are issues the moment you walk through the door.More

7 trigger control errors and how to fix them
By Ben Findley
Author Ben Findley writes, "In my years of training shooters, I have observed major trigger control errors in my students. I have also experienced several of these mistakes myself, so I want to share some advice to help other shooters. I have learned the hard way that the first step in overcoming our mistakes is to identify what the problem is, so I want to specify seven trigger control errors, briefly give you my observations, and some general tips to fix these miscues. "More

Police K-9 Rex finds new home in Texas
The now-retired police and military dog has spent weeks at an Albuquerque animal shelter. The Albuquerque Police Department was worried it was going to have to put him to sleep, but the Warrior Dog Foundation near Dallas said he's a perfect fit. The organization works with dogs that have served their country and community. Rex will soon be with them.More

Vast mexican cartel meth operation in US spanned Oregon, California and Texas
Breit Bart
A massive Mexican cartel methamphetamine (meth) ring has been busted by U.S. authorities in the state of Oregon that spanned from the Mexican state of Michoacán through Texas, California, and Oregon. Court documents obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that 24 defendants have been charged and many of them are illegal aliens. The case involves hundreds of pounds of meth and shows collaboration between several Mexican cartels and U.S. gangs. The case also highlights that Mexican cartels are manufacturing meth on U.S. soil — not just importing the substance any longer.More

Police software claims to predict crime before it happens
Some police cars across the country are turning into time machines using new software that allows police to predict where crimes could occur before they happen. "It's really an emerging technology," said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams in Florida. The software highlights areas with red boxes where it predicts things like burglaries, break-ins and car thefts will occur.More

Suspected human traffickers arrested in Floyd County
My High Plains
Texas authorities are investigating an apparent case of human trafficking. A deputy spotted two vehicles traveling together and speeding on US 70. When the deputy tried to pull over the lead car the second car tried to cut him off, almost running the deputy off the road. He was able to stop that vehicle and what he found surprised him.More