Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 14, 2012

DEA investigation targets street gangs, cartels
El Paso Times
The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced the results of Project Below the Beltway, a two-year series of investigations targeting the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels and violent street gangs as part of on-going initiative against the cartels and their distribution networks in the United States.More

51 parents arrested in joint law enforcement initiative
Not paying child support is unacceptable — just ask some North Texas parents and the Texas Attorney General's Office, Dallas County Sheriff's Department or four separate Constable Offices in Dallas County. All of the law enforcement agencies took part in a joint initiative that resulted in the arrest of 51 Dallas County parents who violated court child support payment court orders.More

Confession in Texas helps solve Oregon bank robberies
The Oregonian
A pair of cold-case bank robberies in McMinnville, Ore., was solved when a man arrested in Texas confessed to both and provided details about them. Texas authorities recently contacted McMinnville police to report that Ronald Scott Catt had confessed to robberies in 2006 and 2007 after being arrested in connection with the recent robbery of a bank in Katy.More

Dallas sheriff: Procedures not followed in hospital escape
The Associated Press via ABC News
Law enforcement officers failed to follow standard procedures for escorting prisoners when a capital murder suspect grabbed a deputy's service revolver and escaped from Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital, the sheriff said. More

Mission men get prison amid corruption probe
The Monitor
A couple of Mission men have been sentenced to federal prison for their role in a Duval County corruption investigation involving gun trafficking and two former sheriff's deputies, officials said. Jose Luis Tovar, 47, and his brother Jerry Tovar, 40, were part of a criminal organization operating in the county north of McAllen near Falfurrias, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston said.More

Josh Brent charged for teammate's death, attends memorial
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent accompanied the family of teammate Jerry Brown to a private memorial service for the deceased linebacker. Brown was in Brent's car when he was killed in a high-speed crash. Brent is out on $500,000 bail after being charged with intoxication manslaughter.More

FCC: 911 texting coming in 2014
GigaOm via Bloomberg Businessweek
The FCC has announced a voluntary, two-year plan to allow users on the nation's four largest carriers to text 911 and be assured of getting the help they need. The FCC expects the plan to go into effect in most areas next year with 90 percent of the nation's wireless subscribers receiving coverage by May 15, 2014.More

McLennan County commissioners approve employee sick leave pool
Waco Tribune-Herald
McLennan County commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a sick leave pool for county employees, ending two months of debate. The Sheriff's Law Enforcement Association of McLennan County requested the program in October, saying it would help workers keep their jobs when major illness or injury strikes.More

Plano police officer wraps $100 bill in traffic ticket
When Hayden Carlo was pulled over for an expired registration sticker, he told the Plano police officer that he's been struggling to support his wife and two small children. The officer wrote a citation and handed it to the 25-year-old, who opened it to find a $100 bill.More

Drones: The future of law enforcement?
Emergency Management
Unmanned aerial vehicles, often called UAVs or drones, are beginning to be embraced by local law enforcement agencies across the United States. In an effort to push for drone use in police and fire departments, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reportedly awarded more than $3 million in grants to at least 13 local law enforcement agencies to purchase small drones — including Montgomery County, which last year became one of the first local agencies in the country to acquire its own aerial drone. More

Ohio sheriff's office gets green light to re-open incarceration facility
Dayton Daily News
Miami County Sheriff's Department officials have the go-ahead to reopen part of the county Incarceration Facility, a 240-bed facility that's been empty since 2009, when it was closed as part of county budget reductions. However, it will be awhile before the Ohio jail is ready to house prisoners.More

Can disguises fool surveillance technology?
Antivirus pioneer John McAfee, who recently fled from Belize after his neighbor was shot dead, supposedly used disguises to outwit his pursuers. Could technology have spotted what humans failed to see?More