First-year Somervell County Sheriff Alan West was one of more than 1,500 people who attended the 138th annual Sheriff’s Association of Texas Training Conference, July 29-Aug. 1 at Gaylord Texan Resort Convention Center in Grapevine.

There were more than 240 exhibits, where those attendees could learn about the latest technology and products offered to the law enforcement and corrections community.

The event gives sheriffs and their deputies, along with federal, state and city law enforcement officers a chance to network and discuss issues that affect them and their work.

Topics included immigration, mental health issues in jails, state agency updates, social media education, parole warrants, mail fraud and new forensic investigation techniques. In addition, court security, Texas Public Safety Broadband Program, border initiatives and securing communities were covered.

The SAT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on increasing effectiveness of local law enforcement in Texas. It offers college scholarships to peace officers and their children who want to continue their education, and also honors fallen officers with their Lost Lawman Memorial.

For more information on the SAT or on how to join as an associate member, go online ( or call 512-445-5888.

The first Sheriff’s Association of Texas (SAT) Conference was held in 1878. It has been held annually in various cities across Texas.