4 hours

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:   Multiple bills passed by the 87th legislative session will have an impact on Texas law enforcement. There were administrative changes, changes in existing statutes, and new laws. Texas’ law enforcement professionals will better serve their communities by increasing their awareness of changes and additions to state statutes as they pursue equality in justice and ensure public safety. Case law, especially cases handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), is of incredible importance to the administration of Justice. This curriculum will briefly cover recent judicial decisions that are important for law enforcement officers, administrators, and policy makers. UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, BILLS WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.

This material is a general summary of selected court cases and changes to Texas’ criminal law as wrought by the 87th session of the Texas Legislature. This is not an all-inclusive recitation of every change, nor is it intended as legal advice. Instructors and students must verify all legislative changes and case-law holdings discussed herein and are responsible for appropriate implementation of these changes. The following are merely summaries of legislative changes and cases; there is simply no substitute, for both instructors and students, to reading the actual statutes, legislative acts, and cases. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR LOCAL CITY, COUNTY, OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement provides this material as-is and accepts no responsibility for the actions of officers and/or agents who act on the information contained herein


TARGET AUDIENCE:  Law Enforcement Administrators,  Peace Officers, Jailers, and Telecommunicators Judges, Prosecuting Attorneys

PREPARED BY:  Richard Bryan

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