Texas Sheriffs Today
Nov. 1, 2013

Texas officer shot twice, still catches suspects
In the middle of an early morning traffic stop in Stafford, Texas, Officer Ann Marie Carrizales was shot twice — once in the chest and once in the face — by a gunman in a car with two other suspects. But even after being shot, Carrizales — a former Marine and amateur boxer — managed to fire back at her attackers, blasting out the entire rear window of the car as the suspects fled.More

Dallas County sheriff defends decision to provide Ramadan meals
The Blaze
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has stepped into some controversy after providing special meals for Muslim inmates during Ramadan, the annual Islamic month of fasting. "It is the Dallas County Sheriff's Department mission to serve the county without any discrimination or prejudice," a statement said.More

'Celebrate Safe Communities' for Crime Prevention Month
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Safe communities often result from law enforcement working with residents as equal partners in preventing crime. In recognition of this principle, the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Crime Prevention Council and the National Sheriffs Association have joined together to "Celebrate Safe Communities." The "Celebrate Safe Communities" initiative is designed to help local law enforcement agencies and their community partners kick off celebrations for National Crime Prevention Month every October.More

Texas poet finds inspiration in police work
Voice of America
Police are not generally known for their genteel manners and skill at creating metaphors. But many officers have written books influenced by their law enforcement work. Still, you don't find many award-winning poets among them and not all that many females. A woman in Houston has made her way, however, both as a cop and a lyric poet.More

Is BlueLine Connect the future of law enforcement collaboration?
By Liz Murphy
David Riker, president and chief operating officer of Bratton Technologies, kept hearing one thing from all levels of law enforcement: "Our biggest issue is that we can’t find each other. We don’t have the tools we need to collaborate." To address this, the Bratton Technologies team recently unveiled a new professional network exclusively for law enforcement: BlueLine Connect. And it's already off to a running start. Within 48 hours of BlueLine's launch at this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia, the network had 1,300 registered users.More

FBI: 2012 statistics on law enforcement officers killed, assaulted
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
According to statistics collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 95 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2012. Of these, 48 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 47 officers died in accidents. In addition, 52,901 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in this new release from the FBI.More

Report shows violent crime, property crime up for 2nd consecutive year
United States Department of Justice
According to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics: In 2012, for the second consecutive year, violent and property crime rates increased for U.S. residents aged 12 or older. This is based on the results of our National Crime Victimization Survey.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

Philadelphia appeals court rules police must obtain warrant for GPS
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled law enforcement officials must first obtain a warrant before they can attach a GPS device to a suspect's car. This ruling marks the conclusion of a case in which police officers attached a magnetic tracking device to the car of a trio of brothers who they suspected had broken into pharmacies in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.More

Ohio judges sending fewer to prison, marks major shift in state system
The Plain Dealer
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, judges are sending far fewer people to prison than they did 10 years ago. This marks one of the state's largest demographic shifts in the corrections system. In 2003, one in nearly four inmates sent to an Ohio prison came from Cuyahoga County. More

Keeping kids safe from shooters isn't a plan, it's a process
Doug Wylie says: How hard are we willing to try to prevent evildoers like Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold and Adam Lanza from murdering innocent young people in our schools? How hard are we willing to work to ensure that the parents in our communities don't have to suffer the horrors like parents in Columbine and Newtown? How long must we battle the "It can't happen here" denial mentality? More