School Safety Law Toolkit
2.4 School-Based Law Enforcement
Assigning law enforcement officers to school environments has become increasingly popular. The Texas Legislature created many laws surrounding the use of school-based police. Relevant information and resources are listed below.
This section details the inclusion of instruction regarding interaction with peace officers in the required curriculum for certain public school students and in-driver education courses and to civilian interaction training for peace officers. (Law reference…)
This section outlines the use of various disciplinary or restraint techniques, including… (Law reference…)
This section defines school district peace officers and clarifies those who designate the role of school-based police officers within the school district. (Law reference…)
This section details the use of school marshals, including selection, training, and use of school marshals. For more information about the School Marshal Program, contact the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) by phone at 512-936-7777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Law reference…)
This section discusses the required training that school-based police must complete to serve the school environment (depending on the size of the school district). (Law reference…)
This section notes prohibition of arrests under certain circumstances. (Law reference…)
This section outlines the legal repercussions of exhibiting or threatening an individual with a firearm while on campus property. (Law reference…)
This section describes when school-based police may not issue citations to children. (Law reference…)
This section details the appropriate use of disciplinary practices that school districts with school-based police may develop. (Law reference…)
This section outlines training programs that must be conducted by the Texas School Safety Center. Visit the Events section for information about training for school-based police officers. (Law reference…)
Safety is a top priority for every school district. Given the enormous variation in geography, resources, and demographics around the State of Texas, it is fitting that each school district make its own assessment of security needs and options. For many school districts, security planning will include a determination regarding whether the district should employ school resource officers, school marshals, or other employees who are authorized to carry firearms. Factors relevant to those determinations are discussed in this memorandum.(View reference…)
For more information and resources, visit the School-Based Law Enforcement topic page.