Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 7, 2012

Texas police get jump on potential auto burglars
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Weeks before Thanksgiving, police investigators in Corpus Christi pinpointed repeat auto burglars known to hit the South Padre Island Drive corridor. Investigators expedited cases against the worst repeat offenders and obtained warrants for their arrest early in the week.More

Off-duty sheriff's deputy dies in automobile crash
KWTX-TV
Off-duty Dallas County sheriff's Sgt. Kenneth Riggins, 52, of Quinlan, died at a hospital after a traffic accident that left the 15-year-old girl who was driving the truck in which he was riding with minor injuries.More

Drugs, weapons found after routine traffic stop
Beaumont Enterprise
A routine traffic stop by a Lumberton officer led to the arrest of one man and the recovery of a cache of weapons stolen from a residence north of Kountze. Officers also seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. A second individual fled the scene of the traffic stop and is being sought by the Lumberton Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office.More

Bexar County Sheriff's Office armed with new firearms, patrol cruisers
KENS-TV
It's out with the old and in with the new for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Deputies are training with new firearms and gearing up for patrols in their new Chevy Tahoes. The agency recently received federal grant money to purchase 51 AR-15 semi-automatic patrol rifles.More

Howard County Sheriff's, Big Spring PD share new home
Abilene Reporter-News
The Big Spring Police Department and the Howard County Sheriff's Office have moved into their new home, a 20,000-square-foot, combined law enforcement center complete with offices, interview rooms and common areas. More

Austin residents support increased police enforcement
Austin American-Statesman
Downtown Austin residents told the Austin Public Safety Commission they support a controversial, new police initiative that allows officers to ticket or arrest offenders without giving them prior warning.More

Animals seized in Ellis County
Waxahachie Daily Light
Under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 25 cruelly confined, neglected cats from a property in Avalon. According to a news release issued by the SPCA of Texas, the cats were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property, and the stench of ammonia was so intense that it burned SPCA of Texas staff members' eyes, noses and throats.More

SAPD asks state for DWI checkpoints
San Antonio Express-News
Citing a troubled culture that fuels drunken driving, a San Antonio Police Department deputy chief urged legislators to consider establishing permanent sobriety checkpoints across Texas. More

Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages
CNET
State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about SMS messages for at least two years — in case they're needed for future criminal investigations.More

Warrants? Most wanted? Sheriff has an app for that
The Associated Press via WIAT-TV
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office in Alabama is becoming more accessible to smartphone users. Sheriff Larry Amerson's office said it has partnered with the Appriss Corporation to create a free application for Android and iPhone users to provide the public with up-to-date information on crime in Calhoun County.More

New, state-of-the-art sheriff's training facility in Florida
WKRG-TV
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Florida has a new $4 million, state-of-the-art training facility housing a shooting simulator, mat room and a huge garage-like area called the "force on force room," where officers can simulate everything from traffic stops to confronting a suspect down a dark alley.More