Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 6, 2013

Bexar County sheriff throws holiday party for inmates' children
Texas Public Radio
The Bexar County Sheriff's Department made sure Santa Claus didn't forget the children of the inmates at the county jail. The entire event was funded by the donations. Sheriff's office employees have been collecting new toys at local shopping centers. This was the first year for the holiday party, and next year's party is expected to be even bigger.More

State's 'most wanted' sex offender caught by Pittsburg County sheriff
McAlester News-Capital
The Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Charles Grunsfeld, 51, in McAlester, according to Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns. Grunsfeld is considered a sexually violent predator at high risk to re-offend, Kerns said.More

North Texas police continue search for bogus officer
Carrollton police say the search for a police impersonator who recently sexually assaulted a woman is its top priority. The victim said the assailant was wearing a dark blue, long-sleeved shirt and pants, a badge, and even a gold name tag and belt with baton and handcuffMore

Can there be fewer than 100 line-of-duty deaths this year?
Law Officer Magazine
Two years ago, the Below 100 campaign rolled out with what some thought was an unreachable goal: suffering fewer than 100 line-of-duty deaths in a single year. Now the Below 100 goal is no longer a matter of "if," but "when" — and it's possible that it will be achieved this year. More

FBI podcast: Hate crimes, by the numbers
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI statistics show the number of simple assaults is higher than intimidation offenses when it comes to hate crimes against people. Simple assaults accounted for 39.6 percent, while intimidation accounted for 37.5 percent.More

Judge says Colorado sheriffs cannot sue over gun laws
The Associated Press via KCNC-TV
The tug of war between local, state and federal authorities over gun control laws continues in the state of Colorado. A federal judge recently ruled that sheriffs in Colorado can't sue over gun control laws. The lawsuit in question will go on, however, has there are 21 other plaintiffs associated with the case who are not affiliated with the sheriffs.More

Arizona teen uses training to help officers track down would-be burglars
Rebecca is a Glendale, Ariz., teen pursuing a career in law enforcement. She is a member of the Glendale Police Department's Explorer program which mentors and helps those ages 14-20 pursue a career in law enforcement. Recently the 17-year-old did her own detective work to help police catch two crooks. More

Another tragic test for 'stand your ground' laws, this time in Georgia
The Christian Science Monitor
A Georgia man admits to shooting a elderly man with Alzheimer's who knocked on his door in the middle of the night, mistaking him for an intruder. Interpretations of Georgia's "stand your ground" law could be pivotal.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

Police dogs in Maine will get bulletproof vests
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
More than a few police dogs in the state of Maine are getting much-need protection, in the form of bulletproof vests. Auburn police say Dutch, a department K-9, will be receiving a vest that protects against gunshot wounds, as well as stab wounds.More

West Virginia Supreme Court says police must disclose more
WV MetroNews
In West Virginia, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey will have to look again at requests from the Charleston Gazette for information about internal investigations focused on state police officers, the largest law enforcement agency in West Virginia.More