Blistering government report blasts poor training, oversight of Texas law enforcement
Last year, more than 600 Texas law enforcement officers received a dishonorable discharge from their agencies for misconduct. Yet more than a quarter of them were rehired to work as sworn officers.
Houston Police Officer Shot and Killed, Suspect Sought
An intensive police manhunt was on Monday night after a veteran Houston police officer was shot fatally near a motel in north Houston, officials said.
Civil Service for Texas Peace Officers
In 1947, the Texas Legislature recognized the need to establish a more professional fire and police service. For this reason, during the 50th Legislative session, HB 34 was passed allowing the voters of municipalities of 10,000 or more residents to vote to adopt civil service.
While Civil Service is often confused with collective bargaining, and meet and confer, it is a completely separate set of statutes designed to help municipalities establish more professional police and fire departments who are free from political influence when discharging their duties.
Collective Bargaining for Texas Peace Officers
In 1973, the Texas Legislature sought to ensure that police and firefighters receive compensation and working conditions comparable to private sector employees. For this reason, during the 63rd Legislative Session, HB 185 was passed allowing for voters in municipalities to allow their police to participate in collective bargaining.
While collective bargaining is often associated with strikes and big union tactics, the act was specifically created to give public safety employees a say in their pay, benefits, and working conditions, while expressly prohibiting strikes, lockouts, and other tactics which would put public safety at risk.
Nine Lubbock Cocaine Dealers Charged
Nine individuals in Lubbock have been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other related drug crimes, announced by DEA Dallas Field Division Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chavez, who oversees DEA operations throughout the region.
Nine members of a Lubbock drug trafficking organization were arrested on Wednesday, October 7 as part of Operation Los Perros De Nieve, a large-scale federal operation organized by the DEA with assistance from local, state and federal law enforcement partners. Operation Los Perros De Nieve targeted nine locations in Lubbock and resulted in the seizure of approximately $40,000 in cash; in excess of 5 kilograms of cocaine; and 13 firearms. One defendant remains at-large.
2 police officers shot and killed in McAllen, Texas
Two police officers were shot and killed in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday night, according to officials. The shooting took place as the officers were responding to a call at a home and came under fire.