Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 5, 2014

Harris County sheriff expects fewer deportations
Here & Now
AudioBrief President Barack Obama, as part of recent executive actions, is doing away with a controversial law enforcement program known as Secure Communities. Under Secure Communities, undocumented immigrants picked up by local police for even minor violations could be held in custody and eventually deported if their fingerprints matched a federal immigration database. Under a new program that will replace Secure Communities, only the more serious criminal offenders will be deported. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, a Democrat elected to office shortly after his county became the first Secure Communities jurisdiction in 2008, is the only American born in his family of Mexican immigrants.More

Martin County sheriff resigns 2 years early
A West Texas sheriff has cited personal reasons and quit two years before his term expires. Martin County Sheriff John Woodward II resigned, effective Dec. 3. Martin County Judge Charles Blocker says county commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, in Stanton to consider accepting the resignation and naming a replacement.More

El Paso police introduce new patrol vehicles
El Paso Times
El Pasoans used to seeing white-and-blue city police cars on the streets will have to start watching out for black, white and gold patrol cars instead. Police officials recently unveiled a new color scheme and logo that have been painted on 29 Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol cars and three Dodge sport utility vehicles.More

Pantego police will take toys in lieu of ticket fines
VideoBrief Police officers in Pantego are waiving minor traffic citations in the hope that drivers will donate to charity this season. alled the Pantego Cops for Kids program, from mid-November through mid-December, officers are handing out fliers to the people they pull over, and asking if the drivers would consider dropping off an unwrapped toy at the department headquarters. Police will deliver the gifts to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth in time for Christmas.More

Van with 39 illegal aliens crashes near state border; driver dies
The driver of a van filled with illegal aliens died during a wreck while trying to flee from authorities. On Monday, Dec. 1, various law enforcement agencies were pursuing a 16-passenger van filled with 39 illegal aliens in the border city of Pharr when they temporarily lost sight of the vehicle, information released by Pharr police shows. The van had gone off the road and crashed into an irrigation canal killing the driver and causing minor injuries to the passengers, police said.More

Snapchat video leads League City police to suspects
VideoBrief Two teens have been arrested after allegedly sharing a video on social media of themselves vandalizing homes under construction. League City police say an officer discovered the 14-year-old and 15-year-old boys inside a home just after 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Investigators say clues in a video the vandals had posted on Snapchat led police to the location of the damage. League City Police Officer Reagan Pena says someone saw the video, was able to save it and turned it over to police.More

Most police shootings don't end with prosecutions
The Associated Press via KIII-TV
A Missouri grand jury's decision to spare police officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges is the latest in a long line of police shooting investigations that show the latitude afforded law enforcement in using deadly force. The question for the panel that decided the case was never whether Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, but rather whether the Aug. 9 killing constituted a crime. In declining to indict Wilson, the grand jury followed laws and court precedents to reach a conclusion that is far more the norm than the exception.More

Gang rape allegation puts Title IX investigation back in spotlight
The Daily Progress
Traditionally, Title IX has been used to ensure that female athletes have opportunities equal to their male counterparts, but this year, its focus has shifted to monitoring how universities handle allegations of sexual assault.More

New marijuana portable breath test in works
KUSA-TV via USA Today
Researchers from Washington State University are working to develop a breath test for marijuana that would be similar to current alcohol breath tests used by police. In the two states where marijuana is legal — Washington state and Colorado — police officers rely on blood tests to figure out whether someone has been smoking or consuming. This device would make that process easier and faster.More