Texas Sheriffs Today
Nov. 21, 2014

Brooks County sheriff's deputy saves life of stranded illegal immigrant — 80 miles from the border
A Brooks County Sheriff's Office deputy rescued another illegal immigrant who had become lost, attempting to hike around the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located 13 miles south of Falfurrias. The immigrant had recently entered the country illegally after having been twice previously deported.More

Traffic stop leads sheriff's deputies to more than half a million dollars
Webb County Sheriff's Deputies detained two individuals following a traffic stop where thousands of dollars were found in their vehicle. Deputies patrolling the area conducted the traffic stop on Interstate 35 headed southbound, which led to the seizure of approximately half a million dollars.More

Southeast Texas authorities update most wanted fugitive lists
Beaumont Enterprise
Authorities in Hardin and Jasper counties have updated their lists of most wanted fugitives.More

Sheriffs against amnesty to march on Washington, DC
Sheriffs around the country are planning to march on the nation's capital, hoping to send a message to President Barack Obama and Congress that they oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Dec. 10 rally in Washington, D.C., is being organized by two sheriffs from Massachusetts — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald. They have challenged America's other sheriffs, asking for at least 200 of them to join in paying a visit to the Capitol to make a stand against amnesty and plead for Congress and the president to secure the border.More

Ellis Count sheriff's deputy participates in Special Olympics fundraiser
Waxahachie Daily Light
For the second year in a row, Ellis County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Hatcher took his support for Special Olympics to another level, rappelling off of the Bank of America tower in downtown Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 8. Hatcher has raised $1,870 for Special Olympics of Texas in his two years of participating in the Over the Edge fundraiser, which he jokes hasn't gotten any easier.More

FBI releases crime statistics for 2013
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

A better way to hire police officers?
The Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Iowa-area police chiefs are studying ways to streamline the police hiring process, a move that could save taxpayer dollars, provide a regional location to screen candidates and administer exams, and allow job candidates to fill out just one application and undergo the testing process just once. The chiefs also hope an improved recruitment process will lead to a larger and more diverse pool of candidates.More

GPS tracking devices: The benefits and pitfalls for car dealers
By Ryan Clark
Law enforcement officials recently announced the rescue of Philadelphia nursing assistant Carlesha Freeland-Gaither thanks to the GPS tracking device in her abductor's vehicle. However, what has been a godsend for law enforcement officials and the kidnapping victim has turned into somewhat of a headache for auto dealers — depending on how the technology is used. For dealers, the practice of placing these devices has aroused controversy following accusations of discrimination and privacy violation.More

Lasers as training tools
We already know what the laser can do on the street. For training, it can do much more. The laser can predict the strike of the bullet. It is a great tool when an officer is unable to acquire sight alignment because of some mechanical reason. In training, the most popular use of a laser is as a diagnostic tool. Instructors cannot efficiently see what the student shooter sees and allow them to assume a "natural" shooting position, complete with sight picture and sight alignment.More