Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 31, 2014

Harris County deputy killed in head-on crash
VideoBrief A deputy with the Harris County Sheriff's Office was killed in a head-on crash Oct. 29. The sheriff's office has identified the fallen deputy as 32-year-old Jesse Valdez III. According to the sheriff's office, the crash happened in the early-morning hours as the deputy responded to a welfare check near Highlands in northeast Harris County.More

Bexar County probation officer killed in accidental shooting identified
VideoBriefA Bexar County Medical Examiner's office identified an adult probation officer who died after an accidental shooting as 53-year-old Thomas Zaldivar. Officials with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said Zaldivar was at the Bullet Hole gun range near Highway 90 and Grosenbacher Road around 3 p.m. Monday when he accidentally shot himself in the groin area.More

Police arrest man for allegedly kidnapping 2 UTSA students
Police have arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly kidnapping two female UTSA students the morning of Oct. 29. Police have identified the suspect as Bo Jett Littleton. Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, fire crews were called to the Avalon Place Apartments on UTSA Boulevard. Firefighters found a trash can on fire and were in the process of putting it out, when a woman reportedly "hobbled" down the stairs looking for help. She told a fireman she was held against her will by an armed man. More

Tyler police: Bank robber jailed after search
The Associated Press via Beaumont Enterprise
Police in East Texas said a bank robber was captured minutes after the heist after officers found him out of breath about a block away from the building. A Tyler Police Department spokesman said 31-year-old Riley Womack was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The spokesman said Womack robbed the Austin Bank in Tyler on Oct. 27 before fleeing on foot.More

Ford, Telogis develop technology to improve police officer and public safety
Telogis Inc. via MarketWatch
Ford Motor Company and Telogis have partnered to develop a solution built specifically for law enforcement agencies in order to safeguard against hazardous driving, identified as the No. 1 threat to officer and civilian safety. Available in early 2015, the new solution builds on the success of Ford Crew Chief powered by Telogis, the existing commercial vehicle telematics program, but was developed to deliver data that is specific to how police vehicles are driven — for instance when responding to emergencies or while in pursuit and the vehicles' sirens and light bars are activated.More

Human trafficking: Local law enforcement awareness
By Mark Bond
Incidents of human trafficking have occurred in all 50 states, but it can be a difficult crime for local law enforcement to recognize. It is often misidentified during the initial law enforcement encounter as a possible prostitution problem, domestic argument, workplace altercation, etc. Victims of human trafficking are usually scared when they encounter local law enforcement, because they know that their forced actions at the hands of their exploiter are illegal and they fear arrest. First responders need to spend the time to look beneath the surface if indicators of human trafficking are present. More

California startup unveils gun-monitoring technology for police
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune
A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired. It can also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired.More

NYPD equips officers with biometric smartphones
Government Technology
New York Police Department officers and vehicles are to be outfitted with new technology as part of a $160 million program that will lead to fewer arrests and more summonses after being fully implemented next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Oct. 23.More