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COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course is designed to meet the educational requirement for racial profiling established by legislative mandate: 77R-SB1074. In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature passed S.B. 1074 in an attempt to address racial profiling by law enforcement officers. On June 19, 2009, during the 81st Regular Session, House Bill 3389 was signed by the Governor of Texas and became effective on September 1, 2009. HB 3389 changed the racial profiling data collection and reporting requirements for Texas law enforcement agencies. Among other changes, HB 3389 required law enforcement agencies to: (1) alter their data collection procedures and methods beginning in 2010, and (2) report such data electronically to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) using a mandatory format defined by the department’s Tier classification. In the 85th Texas Legislature, HB 2702 made further changes to the racial profiling data collection requirements and reporting. During the 85th legislative session in 2017, Senate Bill 1849 (the Sandra Bland Act) was signed into law. This act strengthened Texas’ racial profiling law and ensured the Texas collections’ robust, clear, and accurate. All of these bills are consolidated in statute in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Articles 2.131 through 2.138..
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
LENGTH OF COURSE: 4 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Licensed law enforcement personnel in Texas.
PREPARED BY: Juan Contreras
UPDATED: November 2021