Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez and four of his officers attended last week the 129th Annual Sheriff's Association of Texas Training Conference at the Austin Convention Center in Austin Texas.

There were over 1,500 law enforcement officials in attendance from nearly every county in the state.

Along with Lopez, Major Richard Miller, Capt. Louie Valadez, Capt. Ray Escamilla and Lt. Joe Martinez attended the event.

The conference allows officers from the federal, state and local level the opportunity to network and discuss different issues affecting law enforcement units both in the state of Texas and across the nation.

Participants received training in the dynamics of violence and aggression, search and seizure, fugitive task forces, gangs and the Internet, emergency management and other topics.

Also available were the latest crime fighting tools and technology on the market, which the officers familiarized themselves with at more than 200 exhibitor booths.

"We had the opportunity to make connections and network with several different agencies, which is important when conducting investigations with other law enforcement entities," Miller said of the event.

"There were some really great courses available, concerning in-custody deaths and courtroom security.

"We had a large variety of courses to choose from this week, and I think we collected a lot of important information for our department."