Texas Sheriffs Today
Nov. 15, 2013

Harris County sheriff adopts policy protecting LGBT inmates
The Associated Press via The News-Sentinel
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has adopted a new policy aimed at protected the rights and safety of LGBT inmates. Though the state itself is historically conservative, the sheriff's office is emphasizing that the move is not about politics. "It is an issue of preventing violence — of meeting the state's legal and moral responsibilities to keep people safe," said Harper Jean Tobin.More

Meet Grayson College police Capt. B.F. Wade, serving since World War II
Meet one of Texas' longest serving peace officers, who has been on the job for more than six decades and is still going strong! Grayson College police Capt. B.F. Wade, 84, has been a Grayson County peace officer since the end of World War II.More

North Texas police find missing 3-year-old girl
Police in Arlington found a 3-year-old girl safe less than two hours after she reported missing by her father. It was reported that the girl had walked away from the apartment on her own and was later found by a neighbor.More

Harris County sheriff chaplain removes tattoos, helps ex-cons start new path
Christian Post Reporter
Wayne Heintze, a Harris County sheriff's chaplain, has found a new calling in the form of a side-job in which he removes the tattoos of ex-offenders to help them in their job hunt after being released from prison.More

Challenges for today's police chiefs: Establishing a foundation
By Rod Brown and Jim Pryde
The responsibilities of a chief of police are becoming more complex with each passing day. The position always had its challenges — leading an organization in highly fluid environments where the day can transform from standardized routine to chaotic crisis within mere moments. Still, in the past, there was also a greater sense of stability, especially in smaller communities where there was less turnover in population, where many citizens and officers were on a first-name basis and where the laws were more readily applied to community occurrences. Today's police chief faces a constantly shifting landscape.More

Guiliano named deputy director of the FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Mark F. Giuliano new deputy director. As deputy director, Giuliano will oversee all FBI domestic and international investigative and intelligence activities. He will also serve as acting director in the director's absence.More

Pennsylvania: Juvenile sex offender lifetime registration unconstitutional
The Patriot-News
In a decision that seems destined for the appeals courts, a York County, Pa., judge has ruled unconstitutional a 2-year-old Pennsylvania law that imposes lifetime registration requirements on juvenile sex offenders.More

'Stand Your Ground' repeal defeated in Florida
Miami Herald
A panel of Florida lawmakers soundly rejected a proposal to repeal the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, but approved a pitch to expand "Stand Your Ground" immunity to people who fire a warning shot. "Today, our state is a safer place and has the lowest crime rate in 42 years," said Rep. Marti Coley. More

Philadelphia police investigating Instagram account targeting witnesses
Philadelphia police and prosecutors are investigating an anonymous Instagram account with thousands of followers that, for months, has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across the city — aiming, in its creator's words, to "expose rats."More

Policing is changing in presence of cameras
CBC News via PoliceOne
Gregory Brown, a sociology researcher at Carleton University, surveyed 231 front-line police officers about how citizen surveillance has changed the way they do their jobs. The average officer reported being caught on camera by the public 17 times in their career, and said that the potential to be photographed has changed their behavior.More

New study says crime rates are higher when daylight savings time ends
Pioneer Press
A study by two researchers — Nicholas Sanders, an economics professor at the College of William and Mary, and Jennifer Doleac, a University of Virginia economics professor — concluded that daylight saving time across all time zones reduced robbery by 51 percent, murder by 43 percent and rape by 56 percent in a three-week period during the "extra" hour of evening daylight.More

Are cellphone searches the new breathalyzer?
Distracted driving is being touted as the new DWI for good reason — it's more deadly. Texting while driving has surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of teen accidents and deaths. And even if you're not a teenager, you are 23 times more likely to crash if you are texting while driving.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

Leadership essentials for law enforcement
Law Enforcement Today
Pat Welsh says: Everyone has the potential to be a leader. Leadership skills can be learned and used on the job, as well as in your personal life — the same principles apply equally in both environments. Leadership is influence. Leadership is not a title or a position.More

Boston Marathon bombing and the use of social media
Cheryl Fiandaca, bureau chief, public information for the Boston Police Department described her initial response to the bombing and how she managed her team throughout the crisis. Fiandaca was directed to provide as much information as possible through social media. Twitter was the primary social media platform used to push information out to the public. More