Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 13, 2013

Bell County deputy passes away following crash
Adam Davis, a Bell County sheriff's deputy, has died from injuries sustained in a rollover accident earlier this month. Davis, 36, was responding to reports of a man displaying a gun in public when he crashed his cruiser.More

16 arrested in East Texas drug trafficking sting
U.S. Attorney's Offive via KLTV-TV
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that 16 individuals have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the eastern district of Texas. If convicted, the defendants face from 10 years to life in federal prison.More

China Grove disbands police department, now under Bexar County sheriff
The China Grove City Council has voted to disband the small town's three-person police department and to turn law enforcement over to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. City officials didn't immediately provide reasons for disbanding the force.More

Search and rescue K9: More than meets the eye
By Paul A. Lake
Texas is in the forefront of so many areas when it comes to law enforcement and emergency services. However, one arena where the state still lags behind is in the effective use of the trained search and rescue K9 team. There are a number of good SAR teams around the state, but they are nowhere near as prevalent in Texas as they are in states like California, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, etc. The lost child, lost hiker or wandering Alzheimer's patient is what the SAR K9 team is best known for, but the many skills they possess actually make them a much more versatile tool in the law enforcement tool box. More

FBI releases annual crime statistics from NIBRS
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its second compilation of annual data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System. The report — "NIBRS 2012" — presents core tables about incident and offense data submitted by a third of the nation's law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting ProgramMore

Debating the release of the Sandy Hook 911 tape
Law Enforcement Today
When a critical incident like the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy occurs, the management of information must be balanced. Police Public Information Officers must provide information to the media to ensure the community is updated with the information it needs to know. This relationship between the PIO and the media is often thought of as "feeding the beast."More

FBI ready to help local cops, new director says in Connecticut
New Haven Register
New FBI director and Westport, Conn., resident James Comey stopped in at the New Haven field office with a message that the agency stands ready to help local and state law enforcement in the fight against threats to school security.More

Challenges for today's police chiefs: From theory to reality
By Rod Brown and Jim Pryde
A well-designed and properly processed public policy on policing creates and sustains alignment between your governing body, community and the police department. Having this foundation for your department will help make sure your policing efforts will be successful and can support funding requests that coincide with the approved public police on policing. Here is a look at how a public policy on policing was created and implemented in the police departments of Olympia, Wash., and Gladstone, Ore.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

Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says.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

Parolees less likely to commit new crimes than those who 'max out'
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Nearly 700,000 offenders were released from U.S. prisons in 2011. Ensuring their successful re-entry into the community remains a critical issue for public safety. A new analysis of New Jersey data, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts, shows that inmates released to parole supervision are less likely to be arrested, convicted and incarcerated for new crimes than inmates who serve — or "max out," — their full prison sentences and are released without supervision.More

Bill would require warrants for police tracking of cellphones in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With new technology bringing new concerns for civil liberties, an uncommonly bipartisan group of Wisconsin state lawmakers is seeking to require warrants before police use citizens' cellphones to track their movements. More