|(a) Each licensee shall complete the legislatively
mandated continuing education in this chapter. Each appointing agency
shall allow the licensee the opportunity to complete the legislatively
mandated continuing education in this chapter. This section does not
limit the number or hours of continuing education an agency may provide.
(b) Each training unit (2 years)
(1) Peace officers shall complete at least 40 hours
of continuing education, to include the corresponding legislative
update for that unit.
(2) Telecommunicators shall complete at least 20 hours
of continuing education to include cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
(c) Each training cycle (4 years)
(1) Peace officers who have not yet reached intermediate
proficiency certification shall complete: Cultural Diversity (3939),
Special Investigative Topics (3232), Crisis Intervention (3843) and
(2) Individuals licensed as reserve law enforcement
officers, jailers, or public security officers shall complete Cultural
Diversity (3939), unless the person has completed or is otherwise
exempted from legislatively required training under another commission
license or certificate.
(d) Assignment specific training
(1) Police chiefs: individuals appointed as "chief"
or "police chief" of a police department shall complete:
(A) For an individual appointed to that individual's
first position as chief, the initial training program for new chiefs
provided by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute,
not later than the second anniversary of that individual's appointment
or election as chief; and
(B) At least 40 hours of continuing education for chiefs
each 24-month unit, as provided by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement
(2) Constables: elected or appointed constables shall
(A) For an individual appointed or elected to that
individual's first position as constable, the initial training program
for new constables provided by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement
Management Institute, not later than the second anniversary of that
individual's appointment or election as constable.
(B) Each 48 month cycle, at least 40 hours of continuing
education for constables, as provided by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement
Management Institute and a 20 hour course of training in civil process
to be provided by a public institution of higher education selected
by the Commission.
(3) Deputy constables: each deputy constable shall
complete a 20 hour course of training in civil process each training
cycle. The commission may waive the requirement for this training
if the constable, in the format required by TCOLE, requests exemption
due to the deputy constable not engaging in civil process as part
of their assigned duties.
(4) New supervisors: each peace officer assigned to
their first position as a supervisor must complete new supervisor
training within one year prior to or one year after appointment as
(5) School-based Law Enforcement Officers: School district
peace officers and school resource officers providing law enforcement
services at a school district must obtain a school-based law enforcement
proficiency certificate within 180 days of the officer's commission
or placement in the district or campus of the district.
(6) Eyewitness Identification Officers: peace officers
performing the function of eyewitness identification must first complete
the Eyewitness Identification training (3286).
(7) Courtroom Security Officers/Persons: any person
appointed to perform courtroom security functions at any level shall
complete the Courtroom Security course (10999) within 1 year of appointment.
(8) Body-Worn Cameras: peace officers and other persons
meeting the requirements of Occupations Code 1701.656 must first complete
Body-Worn Camera training (8158).
(9) Officers Carrying Epinephrine Auto-injectors: peace
officers meeting the requirements of Occupations Code 1701.702 must
first complete epinephrine auto-injector training.
(10) Jailer Firearm Certification: jailers carrying
a firearm as part of their assigned duties must first obtain the Jailer
Firearms certificate before carrying a firearm.
(11) University Peace Officers, Trauma-Informed Investigation
Training: each university or college peace officer shall complete
an approved course on trauma-informed investigation into allegations
of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
(e) Miscellaneous training
(1) Human Trafficking: every peace officer first licensed
on or after January 1, 2011, must complete Human Trafficking (3270),
within 2 years of being licensed.
(2) Canine Encounters: every peace officer first licensed
on or after January 1, 2016, must take Canine Encounters (4065), within
2 years of being licensed.
(3) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Drivers: every peace officer
licensed on or after March 1, 2016, must complete Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Drivers (7887) within 2 years of being licensed.
(4) Civilian Interaction Training: every peace officer
licensed before January 1, 2018, must complete Civilian Interaction
Training Program (CITP) within 2 years. All other peace officers must
complete the course within 2 years of being licensed.
(5) Crisis Intervention Training: every peace officer
licensed on or after April 1, 2018, must complete the 40 hour Crisis
Intervention Training within 2 years of being licensed.
(6) Mental Health for Jailers: all county jailers must
complete Mental Health for Jailers not later than August 31, 2021.
(f) The Commission may choose to accept an equivalent
course for any of the courses listed in this chapter, provided the
equivalent course is evaluated by commission staff and found to meet
or exceed the minimum curriculum requirements of the legislatively
(g) The commission shall provide adequate notice to
agencies and licensees of impending non-compliance with the legislatively
required continuing education.
(h) The chief administrator of an agency that has licensees
who are in non-compliance shall, within 30 days of receipt of notice
of non-compliance, submit a report to the commission explaining the
reasons for such non-compliance.
(i) Licensees shall complete the legislatively mandated
continuing education in the first complete training unit, as required,
or first complete training cycle, as required, after being licensed.
(j) All peace officers must meet all continuing education
requirements except where exempt by law.
(k) The effective date of this section is June 1, 2022.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §218.3 adopted to be effective November 1, 2018, 43 TexReg 7183; amended to be effective February 5, 2020, 45 TexReg 769; amended to be effective June 1, 2022, 47 TexReg 2885