Texas Sheriffs Today
Nov. 8, 2013

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

DPS to enforce left lane law
The Courier
Although relatively unknown and rarely enforced, the state of Texas has a statute that prohibits driving in the left lane of a multiple lane road, unless for the purpose of passing other vehicles, or making a left turn. Department of Public Safety troopers from Montgomery and Fort Bend counties will spend their days patrolling areas in Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller and parts of Harris County to enforce the statute.More

Corpus Christi police can complete online training in patrol cars through new initiative
Corpus Christi Caller
The last time Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson was trained on how to complete a felony traffic stop was in 1985. "I went through the training once, and that was it," Simpson said. "No one ever retrained me." Simpson doesn't want his officers to have the same experience. To keep their training fresh, Simpson launched "Every Day is a Training Day." The initiative uses PoliceOne Academy, an online video training system that offers more than 500 videos and courses, that can be viewed anytime.More

Stafford officer who was shot leads charge to find her attackers
Houston Chronicle
Stafford police officer Ann Carrizales looked at the rows of television cameras in front of her and the rows of uniformed officers behind her, then pinched the cheeks of her boss, the chief of police and told him everything was going to be OK. It was not something you would expect from a Marine veteran who had been shot in the face and the chest less than a week before and pursued her attackers in a high-speed chase. It was an act of whimsy by someone with a newfound respect for life.More

Brownwood Police Department receives 'Recognized Law Enforcement Agency'
Brownwood News
The Brownwood Police Department received the award of "Recognized Law Enforcement Agency" from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program on Oct. 29. Begun in 2006, the Recognition Program evaluates a police department's compliance with more than 165 Best Business Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices were carefully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service and the protection of individual's rights. These Best Practices cover all aspects of law enforcement operations including use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management and patrol and investigative operations.More

Texas A&M University Police Department promotes officers
Texas A&M University
The university's police department would like to congratulate several of its officers who have been recently promoted. Five master officers have been promoted to the rank of sergeant within the Field Operations Division. Sergeant Edward J. Costello IV has been promoted to lieutenant of Personnel and Recruiting within the Special Services Division.More

New technology will help law enforcement recover stolen items
New technology will soon be available in Kern County, Calif., to help reduce property theft. It's described as DNA for your property and it's similar to microchips for pets. The company behind CopDots is now reaching out to the Bakersfield Police Department, Tehachapi Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies hoping they will sign on to use the crime fighting tool.More

Argyle police earn honor
Denton Record Chronicle
The Argyle Police Department recently became the fourth agency in Denton County to receive “recognized” status from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program.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.More

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.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