Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 12, 2014

Dallas police review handling of protests
VideoBrief Several times in the past two weeks, hundreds of people have marched through the streets of Dallas in protest of grand jury cases in Missouri and New York. The demonstrations have remained peaceful, but one organizer said there is no guarantee future protests will be that way. Still, Dallas police said they are prepared to handle any situation.More

Harris County Sheriff's Office in elite rank of 'Best for Vets' in the US
Harris County Sheriff'' Office
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has been designated one of seven law enforcement agencies in the nation that are top finishers as "Best for Vets" in 2015. The honor is bestowed by Military Times, an organization that comprises the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times independent newspapers.More

Jackson County sheriff joins national anti-amnesty march in DC
Jackson County Sheriff A.J. "Andy" Louderback will join an estimated 200 sheriffs from across the United States in an anti-amnesty march in Washington, D.C. The group of county law enforcement officers will meet with Sens. Jeff Sessions and David Vitter. The move by these sheriffs comes after a twice deported criminal illegal alien allegedly shot and killed two California Sheriff's Deputies. Louderback, whose county is located a major drug and human smuggling highway southwest of Houston, has long been an active sheriff on the war against illegal immigration and smuggling.More

Allen police used phone pings to track home invasion suspects
The Dallas Morning News
Signals from a stolen smartphone put Allen police on a trail that led them to the suspects in a series of North Texas home invasions. One woman and two men were recently arrested in connection with four residential robberies in Coppell, Allen and Flower Mound. Another woman is accused of possessing stolen property. A male robbery suspect is still on the loose.More

Harrison County officials: Estimated $1 million found in semitrailer after fire
Longview News-Journal
After a week of counting the cash, Harrison County officials say about $1 million was found in a tractor-trailer that caught fire on Interstate 20 before the driver was fatally struck by a pickup. "We can only estimate that there was approximately $1 million within that vehicle," Sheriff Tom McCool said.More

Attorney General announces federal law enforcement agencies to adopt stricter policies to curb profiling
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will take new steps to bar profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, building upon a 2003 policy that had previously only addressed the consideration of race and ethnicity in conducting federal investigations. The new policy will address the use of other characteristics as well — including national origin, gender, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation — and applies a uniform standard to all law enforcement, national security and intelligence activities conducted by the Department's law enforcement components. More

Black officers torn between duty and race
The Associated Press via Officer.com
With the nation roiled by two grand juries' recent decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men, some black officers say that as they enforce the law, they also wonder whether the system they're sworn to uphold is stacked against black men. In interviews conducted by The Associated Press reporters across the nation, retired and active black officers expressed concern about how black men are treated by the largely white police forces in the United States, an issue that has led to protests alleging police brutality. The officers say they want change just as much as anyone else and advocate for it where they can because they, too, have something to lose.More

Law enforcement stress during lawlessness
By Mark Bond
With recent protests that turned into lawlessness in Ferguson, Missouri, officer stress levels are elevated, which can cause mental health problems long after peace has been restored. Law enforcement agencies across the country have been dealing with protesters and trying to work with community organizers to keep the demonstrations peaceful. This is also the holiday time of year when crime rates can rise. The environment is right for higher stress levels for law enforcement officers.More

FBI: Latest 'Hate Crime Statistics' report released
The FBI recently released its annual "Hate Crime Statistics" report, which revealed that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau's Uniform Crime Reporting Program in 2013. These hate crime incidents impacted a total of 7,242 victims — which are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions or society as a whole.More