SB 30, also known as The Community
Safety Education Act, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular
Session, 2017. The legislation added Section 28.012, regarding the instruction
on interaction with law enforcement, to the Texas Education Code (TEC). The
legislation requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt rules to
include the instruction developed under TEC,
§28.012, in one or more courses in the required curriculum for students in
2. What new rule did
the SBOE adopt to implement the Community Safety Education Act?
The SBOE adopted a new rule in Title
19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §74.39, Requirements for Instruction
on Proper Interaction with Peace Officers, that became effective August 27, 2018.
This rule requires
school districts and charter schools to provide instruction to students in
grades 9-12 on proper interaction with peace officers during traffic stops and
other in-person encounters.
3. What students are
required to receive this instruction?
The new requirement applies to any
student who enters grade 9 in the 2018-2019 school year and thereafter, not
students in grades 10-12 in the 2018-2019 school year.
4. When and how often
are students required to receive this instruction?
The instruction must be provided to
each student who enters grade 9 in the 2018-2019 school year and thereafter at
least once before graduation from high school.
5. Must the instruction
be provided as part of a social studies course?
No, this instruction may
be provided as a part of any course in grades 9-12.
6. What content
information should be included as part of the instruction on proper interaction
with peace officers?
The instructional requirements for proper interaction with
peace officers are specified in TAC §74.39. Requirements for Instruction on
Proper Interaction with Peace Officers.The instruction must include all of the
- the role of law enforcement and the duties and
responsibilities of peace officers;
- a person's rights concerning interactions with
- proper behavior for civilians and peace officers
- laws regarding questioning and detention by
peace officers, including any law requiring a person to present proof of
identity to a peace officer, and the consequences for a person's or officer's
failure to comply with those laws; and
- how and where to file a complaint against or a
compliment on behalf of a peace officer.
7. What instructional
materials should school districts and open-enrollment charter schools use?
A school district or open-enrollment
charter school must use materials developed through a memorandum of
understanding among the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the State Board of
Education, and the Texas Education Agency. Materials to be used when providing
the instruction required by the Community Safety Education Act include a
16-minute video and an instructor’s guide. These materials are available on the
Texas Gateway at https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/flashing-lights-senate-bill-30.
8. May school
districts or open-enrollment charter schools change or alter the required
Yes, according to TAC §74.39 (d), school districts or open-enrollment charter
schools may tailor instruction as appropriate for the district’s or school's
community. In tailoring the instruction, the district or school is required by TEC, §28.012 to solicit input from local law enforcement
agencies, driver training schools, and the community. The tailored instruction
must cover all the content specified in TAC §74.39 and provided in the video and instructor’s guide on the Texas Gateway.
9. Is it required
that a peace officer or a teacher provide the instruction? If a teacher
provides the instruction, must a peace officer be present?
There are no specific requirements stated in TAC §74.39 as to who
may provide the required instruction on proper interaction with peace officers. However, the teacher of the course in
which instruction is provided must have the appropriate credentials required
for that course. The presence of a peace officer is not required.
documentation is required to show that a student has completed the required instruction
on proper interaction with peace officers?
TAC §74.5(k) requires
school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to clearly indicate the
completion of the instruction on the student’s academic achievement record
(transcript). There is no other required documentation specified in TAC §74.39. To learn more about
academic achievement records, please go to: http://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Academic_Achievement_Record/.
As a courtesy, a downloadable PDF of these frequently asked questions is provided below.
Senate Bill (SB) 30, Community Safety Education Act (PDF, 116 KB)