Snyder Police Chief Steve Warren doesn’t foresee a major sniper case or major acts of terrorism, two subjects covered at a recent conference for Texas police chiefs in Corpus Christi earlier this month.

Among the speakers was an FBI agent speaking about local implications of the war on terror, the lead investigator on the Washington sniper for Fairfax County, Va., who addressed the chief’s association about how a major crime wave affects a small police department.

There were a number of other speakers on a variety of subjects, Warren said. But as helpful as they were, Warren thinks there may a couple of things that made the conference even more valuable.

“There were chiefs from all over, from the largest departments to the smallest and we get a chance to interact,” he said. “We can find out what’s working and what’s not.”

He said they also discuss what problems many of them have in common.

“Right now for almost every small and medium department there is an inability to attract good qualified officers. Right now they are going to larger departments, the DPS and even the federal government,” he said.

Another area that Warren thought helpful was the large array of vendors, all showing the latest and most popular items for law enforcement. He said there were probably 200 or more vendors there so he and the others could see, handle and sometimes test the equipment.

“One thing we’ll probably take a closer look at is the TASER,” he said.

The taser is a non-lethal device that shoots an electrical current into a person, incapacitating them without doing any permanent injury.

“We are interested in at least looking at them. I think they could benefit the department.”