Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 30, 2015

Departments receive FBI alert about possible Halloween attacks on officers
Several North Texas police departments are on alert after the FBI sent a warning about possible attacks on officers on Halloween. Three North Texas police departments confirm receiving the email bulletin, which was dispersed to agencies across the U.S.More

Cedar Park officers give family car seats instead of tickets
A man is thanking two Cedar Park police officers after they purchased car seats for his children after a recent traffic stop. Officer Justin Gower pulled over a truck traveling along South Bell Boulevard on Oct. 17 for having an expired registration and malfunctioning light.

"When I was up there talking to the driver, that's when I realized there was three kids in the back seat without car seats," said Gower. More

More than 100 police chiefs and prosecutors unite to cut prison population
More than 100 of the nation's top police chiefs and prosecutors are joining forces to launch a new effort to cut the number of people in prison. The new coalition of 120 heavyweights, called Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, is based on one big idea: Putting too many people behind bars doesn't keep the public safe.More

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office honors police dog's final moments with 'last call' ceremony
Houston Chronicle
A Texas sheriff's office filmed an emotional "last call" ceremony to honor a dying police dog. The viral Facebook video shows members of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office surrounding K-9 working dog, Argo. The Czech German Shepherd licks his paws as he lies swaddled in blankets on a table as a voice honors him with the last call reserved for fallen law enforcement members.More

Nearly 600 early release prisoners headed to Texas
Prisons across the country will release 6,000 inmates early and nearly 600 of them, are headed to Texas. The largest one-time federal prison release begins Friday. The 578 prisoners will return communities across Texas over the course of just four days, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. Florida will receive the second largest number of released inmates with 295 people. All of the inmates to be released early are nonviolent drug offenders.More

Man arrested after posting threat on sheriff's Facebook page
San Antonio Express-News
A man who chose the Bexar County Sheriff's Office Facebook page as the platform to threaten to shoot up someone's house early this week was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant. Members of BCSO's Fugitive Apprehension Unit took Adrian San Martin into custody Tuesday on a charge of evading arrest. BCSO spokesman James Keith, however, said it was comment posted to the sheriff's office's Facebook page, rather than the warrant, that put deputies on San Martin’s trail.More

Feds detail how they secretly track Americans' phones
CNNMoney via KTAB-TV
Federal law enforcement officials, in testimony on Capitol Hill, gave some long-awaited answers about how they use secret devices to track Americans' cell phones. Until now, the FBI and several other law enforcement agencies have kept a tight grip on any information about the use of "Stingray" machines.More

Drones are a rapidly developing issue — on both sides of the law
By Bob Kowalski
We've heard plenty about drones recently, but even with all that information, we still can't figure out the answer to this question: Whose side are they on? There's little doubt drones are capable of providing beneficial services and performing tasks that cannot be accomplished by people or other devices. They also hold the potential to bring headaches to law enforcement agencies around the world — a situation that has already begun.More

Louisiana deputies rescue children from flooded bus
Sheriff's deputies rescued a group of 20 children from a flooded-out school bus in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The sheriff's office said deputies were called to the stranded bus from Northeast Elementary. The bus was driving through high water when its engine stalled, according to EBRSO.More

Technology saving time in investigations
Cellphones have become an invaluable tool to not only the people who use them, but to law enforcement officers conducting investigations. While devices seized by police can offer a treasure trove of data, the challenge becomes how to sort through all of that information in a timely manner to make the most impact on a given case. More

Cold Cases: How local law enforcement handles cold cases
"We do an annual review of all of our cold cases, even if we’ve never even received a phone call," Morgan said. "I think people think that [when] a case goes cold it’s just relegated to the filing cabinet. That's just not true. These cases remain at the forefront, and that's why we have a Cold Case Unit." More