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TEXAS: The Texas Senate in 2017 unanimously passed a bill requiring high school students to learn how to interact with law enforcement. The law also affects drivers in training and law enforcement officers.

Senate bill 30, also referred to as the Community Safety Education Act, will help students understand how to interact with law enforcement as well as their rights and proper procedure for filing complaints against an officer. The idea behind the bill is to help students have positive interactions with law enforcement.

“This is not the silver bullet that will impact the entire relationship between law enforcement and citizens, but it’s a step in the right direction,” says state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, one of the bill’s authors.

The Texas State Board of Education and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement will work together to develop curriculum for students in grades 9-12, driver education courses, and peace officers. Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, another author of the bill, said that local school boards would have a say in what their students learn. The course will be required for students to graduate from high school.

Curriculum for all three courses will include the responsibility and duties of law enforcement, a person’s rights during an interaction, proper behavior for each party involved, and how to file a complaint against an officer.

To read the bill click here:
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB30

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