Texas Sheriffs Today
Nov. 14, 2014

Sheriff's Office works with Texas Veterans Commission to hire Denton area vets
The Cross Timbers Gazette
The Denton County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Texas Veterans Commission, is working to help transition returning veterans into our communities by offering employment opportunities within the Denton County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Travis, as a veteran himself, explained that veterans assimilate to law enforcement careers well because of what it offers — a para-military structure, the opportunity to serve their communities and a strong commitment to duty in a challenging environment. More

Ex-Texas sheriff's commander faces sentencing
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
A fired South Texas sheriff's commander who pleaded guilty in a bribery and drug-related corruption case faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Sentencing was recently scheduled in McAllen for former Hidalgo County sheriff's Cmdr. Jose Padilla.More

Facebook page leads Texas police to cellphone theft ring
Claims Journal
Authorities say a Facebook page helped lead to the arrest of members of a South Texas cellphone theft ring. The Monitor of McAllen reports that four men were arrested after undercover officers bought some of the stolen cellphones.More

Texas police to pay special attention to drunken drivers this holiday season
Fort Worth Star-Telegram via Insurance News Net
Drunken drivers beware. Law officers will be out in force this holiday season and looking for such impaired drivers, officials from Tarrant and Dallas counties said. Prosecutors, police, deputies, medical personnel and politicians are all on the same page, said Richard Alpert, Tarrant County assistant district attorney. Those who get pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk will be taken off the streets, they will have their blood drawn even if they refuse to submit to a test, and they will be prosecuted, Alpert said. More

Texas A&M police getting bodycams
The Eagle
A body camera less than 4 inches tall is the newest addition to Texas A&M police officer's uniforms. Though the department purchased 24 body cameras for most of its patrol officers in 2011, the recent upgrade allows for all 70 officers in the department, including detectives, to have access to the tool. More

FBI — Crime statistics for 2013 released
The FBI released "Crime in the United States, 2013," which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. There were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes reported to law enforcement last year, along with an estimated 8,632,512 property crimes.More

Child sex trafficking still prevalent in US
The Washington Times
Despite the fact that most Americans seem to think of child sex trafficking as occurring only overseas, it remains a huge problem in the U.S., where Shared Hope estimates that 100,000 children are exploited each year. The Justice Department estimates that the number of children vulnerable to exploitation could be as high as 300,000 each year. More

Credit card thieves take gas in 'pump and dump' scheme
The man in the white shirt was pumping gas into an ordinary-looking white van. But he was no ordinary customer. For one, it took him a long time at the pump. And then there were the stolen credit cards police say he took out of his wallet. In the 17 minutes he was at the pump, he used two cards to pump 95 gallons of diesel fuel. What happened at this gas station outside Atlanta is part of a crime wave around the country, police say. More

The relationship of stress and fatigue on law enforcement officers
By Mark Bond
Law enforcement officers recognize that stress is part of the profession and working conditions. In the past, police culture did not even recognize stress as a problem affecting officers. We now know that unmanaged stress can lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. What many officers might not be aware of are the long-term effects of chronic fatigue and the relationship between stress and fatigue.More