TYLER, TX (KLTV)- Tuesday, law enforcement officers from across the state gathered in East Texas to learn more about keeping their communities safe from gangs, drug cartels and school violence. Tuesday was the first time since 1958 that the Texas Police Association met in Tyler.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith and Texas Ranger Brent Davis took a ballroom full of officers back to 2010, when a series of arsons destroyed churches all across the region.
In another session, a retired police chief from Massachusetts described the role of local law enforcement during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
"It could happen anywhere," says guest speaker Tom Shamshak.
Shamshak is now a private investigator and law enforcement analyst.