School Safety Law Toolkit
The bill amended the Education Code to require a school district with an enrollment of 30,000 or more students to adopt a policy that requires school district peace officers or school resource officers to complete an education and training program. The bill amended the Occupations Code to require the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to develop this training program within certain guidelines provided by the bill. The bill also requires TCOLE to adopt rules to require school district peace officers and school resource officers to complete the required education and training programs before 120 days of commission or placement in a school.
The bill requires the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to consult with the Texas School Safety Center and other institutes specializing in the training of law enforcement to create, adopt, and distribute a training curriculum model for school resource and peace officers across the state. This curriculum would address learning objectives regarding child and adolescent development, and mental health crisis intervention, among others. The commission provides this curriculum, along with any supplemental educational materials, to entities such as school district police departments and other entities that place or train officers in schools. The commission was required to begin providing the training mandated by the bill by February 1, 2016, and school districts were required to adopt their individual training policies by that date.
Any school resource or peace officer who commenced employment or placement at a school before February 1, 2016, including those currently employed or placed at a school, are required to complete the new training by June 1, 2016.
See section in the Texas Education Code:
TEC 37.0812 Training policy: school district peace officers and school resource officers.