Texas Sheriffs Today
Dec. 27, 2013

New Texas law changes chain of command for school officers
The Dallas Morning News
From June 21: Gov. Rick Perry has signed legislation that elevates the position of the school district police chief, who will now report directly to the school superintendent. The law also prohibits ticketing students for disrupting class or causing commotion on a school bus.More

Texas officer shot twice, still catches suspects
From Nov. 21: 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. But even after being shot, Carrizales — a former Marine and amateur boxer — managed to fire back at her attackers, blasting out the entire rear window of the car as the suspects fled.More

Upton County deputy shot and killed, suspect in custody
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle
From Oct. 14: Billy "Bubba" Kennedy, a 38-year-old deputy with the Upton County Sheriff's Office, was killed during a shootout at a local convenience store. The suspect, though in custody, has not been identified. The investigation of the incident is being handled by the Texas Rangers.More

Texas leaders take aim at federal gun control plan
The Associated Press via Amarillo Globe-News
From Jan. 18: A state lawmaker pushing a bill to defy federal gun laws. A governor disgusted by what he calls exploitation of the school mass shooting in Connecticut. An attorney general paying for ads inviting New York gun-lovers appalled by their state's new, toughest-in-America firearms restrictions to move to here. Welcome to Texas, where top leaders declared that federal gun control measures unveiled by President Barack Obama are most unwelcome. Gov. Rick Perry has questioned Obama's authority to limit gun rights under the Second Amendment.More

DPS to enforce left lane law
The Courier
From Nov. 8: Although relatively unknown and rarely enforced, the state of Texas has a statute that prohibits driving in the left lane of a multiple lane road, unless for the purpose of passing other vehicles, or making a left turn. Department of Public Safety troopers from Montgomery and Fort Bend counties will spend their days patrolling areas in Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller and parts of Harris County to enforce the statute. More

Former Fort Bend sheriff recounts carrying Kennedy's body
From Nov. 22: When President John F. Kennedy stepped off Air Force One at Love Field, he was met by a cheering crowd and a couple of Texas lawmen assigned to drive cars in the president's motorcade. One of them was Milton Wright, a Texas Ranger who would later become sheriff of Fort Bend County.More

Sheriffs from Texas, other states respond to border efforts
From Sept. 13: "They're tripping over themselves now," Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said of the current 18,500 Border Patrol agents working the Southwest border. West, like all other sheriffs interviewed, respect the Border Patrol agents who risk their lives to keep the border safe and secure — but he still has issues with the border strategy.More

Federal authorities arrest East Texas police chief for role in meth ring
Houston Chronicle
From Aug. 30: Federal and state law enforcement officials arrested an East Texas police chief in connection with his alleged role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas announced. More

Trusting the crosswalk button in your department
By Capt. Jeffrey Williams
Why is so much apparent anger directed toward the crosswalk button? The button will work by just pushing it once, but after repeated battering, it eventually will not work and will need to be repaired or replaced. Why don't pedestrians trust the crosswalk button?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

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

Arlington detective shot by capital murder suspect
The Associated Press via Officer.com
From July 26: Charles Lodatto, an Arlington police detective, was serving a capital murder warrant to Tyler Holder in connection with the death of Alanna Gallagher when the incident occurred. Holder is suspected of sexually assaulting and suffocating Gallagher, who was 6 years old.More

Program to arm Texas school marshals nearly complete
From Sept. 6: School marshals must have a CHL and be a current district employee, "not just somebody who comes in off the street to be a school marshal,” TCLEOSE Chief Kim Vickers said. Only the school principal, law enforcement and district administrators would know the identity of the school marshals. More