Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 25, 2013

Texas law helps police handle armed suspects in mental crisis
Longview News-Journal
Texas is quietly implementing new regulations that give law enforcement clear authority to seize weapons from those in mental crisis. It also requires officers to check whether such persons are entitled to get them back. The law passed with little fanfare earlier this year and, signed by Gov. Rick Perry, went into effect Sept. 1.More

Travis sheriff responds to Nick Saban rumors
KXAN-TV
The Travis County Sheriff's Office recently responded to rumors about the wife of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban recently being in Austin looking at homes. The office confirmed that they did not offer any kind of official security. "Regarding the Saban escort story, it is hearsay. There was no deputy escort," they said in an official tweet.More

Former sheriff charged with official oppression
Amarillo Globe-News
Randall County authorities have charged former Swisher County Sheriff Emmett Benavidez with one count of official oppression. District Attorney James Farren said the charge stemmed from improper acts toward a Swisher County employee.More

Snapchat manually retrieves photos for law enforcement
Mashable
Micah Schaffer, director of operations for Snapchat, says that "Snaps" are deleted from servers after they are opened by their recipients. Unopened "Snaps," however, remain on Snapchat servers until they're deleted. Under special circumstances — as when required by a law enforcement agency — Snapchat does perform manual retrieval of unopened "Snaps."More

The role of crime forecasting in law enforcement operations
RAND
Predictive policing is the use of analytical techniques to identify promising targets for police intervention with the goal of preventing crime, solving past crimes, and identifying potential offenders and victims. These techniques can help departments address crime problems more effectively and efficiently.More

In police training, how much contact is enough?
PoliceOne
Jeff Paynter says: The best way to practice to do a thing is to do the thing. If you want your emergency responders to be confident fighters who can execute defensive tactics under stress, they should have realistic practice. More

Texas law helps police handle armed suspects in mental crisis
Longview News-Journal
Texas is quietly implementing new regulations that give law enforcement clear authority to seize weapons from those in mental crisis. It also requires officers to check whether such persons are entitled to get them back. The law passed with little fanfare earlier this year and, signed by Gov. Rick Perry, went into effect Sept. 1.More

New psychosis center in Maryland aims to prevent violence
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Maryland was one of several states that reacted to last year's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school by boosting mental health spending or tightening gun control laws for people with severe mental illness. Unlike the other states, however, Maryland also is focusing directly on psychosis — the specific symptom that makes violence more likely.More

Texas law overrides NFL, allows armed off-duty officers at games
CBS Sports
A new NFL policy would ban off-duty police officers from carrying guns into games, except in Texas. A state law supersedes NFL policy: As long as officers check in at a specific gate to inform stadium security where they will be sitting, those officers can keep possession of their weapons.More

US Supreme Court thwarts California governor on prison crowding
San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's challenge of an order forcing the state to cut its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates to improve medical and mental health care. The court's one-line dismissal stated only that the court lacked the jurisdiction to step in.More

Escaped Florida killers surrender after escaping with forged documents
GOOD MORNING AMERICA via ABC News
Two convicted murderers who escaped from a Florida prison by using forged release papers have surrendered at a Panama City, Fla., hotel where they were surrounded by police, law enforcement said. The capture of the two men came just hours after family members held a news conference to plead with them to surrender.More