There have been some
questions about ISD/School Police and their authority and
jurisdiction. The following is copied directly out of
the Texas Education Code.
§ 37.081. SCHOOL DISTRICT PEACE
OFFICERS AND SECURITY
PERSONNEL. (a) The board of trustees of any school
employ security personnel and may commission peace officers to
carry out this subchapter. If a board of trustees
person employed as security personnel to carry a weapon, the
must be a commissioned peace officer. The jurisdiction
of a peace
officer or security personnel under this section shall be
determined by the board of trustees and may include all
the boundaries of the school district and all property outside
boundaries of the district that is owned, leased, or rented by
otherwise under the control of the school district and the
trustees that employ the peace officer or security personnel.
(b) In a peace officer's jurisdiction, a peace officer
commissioned under this section:
(1) has the powers, privileges, and immunities of
(2) may enforce all laws, including municipal
ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws; and
(3) may, in accordance with Chapter 52, Family
take a juvenile into custody.
(c) A school district peace officer may provide
to another law enforcement agency. A school district may
with a political subdivision for the jurisdiction of a school
district peace officer to include all territory in the
of the political subdivision.
(d) A school district peace officer shall perform
administrative and law enforcement duties for the school
as determined by the board of trustees of the school district.
Those duties must include protecting:
(1) the safety and welfare of any person in the
jurisdiction of the peace officer; and
(2) the property of the school district.
(e) The board of trustees of the district shall
the scope of the on-duty and off-duty law enforcement
school district peace officers. A school district must
in writing any off-duty law enforcement activities performed
school district peace officer.
(f) The chief of police of the school district police
department shall be accountable to the superintendent and
report to the superintendent or the superintendent's designee.
School district police officers shall be supervised by the
police of the school district or the chief of police's
shall be licensed by the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer
Standards and Education.
(g) A school district police department and the law
enforcement agencies with which it has overlapping
shall enter into a memorandum of understanding that outlines
reasonable communication and coordination efforts between the
department and the agencies.
(h) A peace officer assigned to duty and commissioned
this section shall take and file the oath required of peace
and shall execute and file a bond in the sum of $1,000,
the board of trustees, with two or more sureties, conditioned
the peace officer will fairly, impartially, and faithfully
all the duties that may be required of the peace officer by
bond may be sued on in the name of any person injured until
amount of the bond is recovered. Any peace officer
under this section must meet all minimum standards for peace
officers established by the Commission on Law Enforcement
Standards and Education.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30,