CKE(LOCAL) - SAFETY PROGRAM/RISK MANAGEMENT: SECURITY PERSONNEL
To enhance security and protection of the students, staff, and property of the District, the Board shall authorize the formation of the District police department.
The chief of police shall be accountable and report to the Superintendent. In accordance with law, the Superintendent may not delegate this supervisory responsibility.
The jurisdiction of the District police department is all territory within the boundaries of the District and all property, real and personal, outside the boundaries of the District that is owned, leased, or rented by or otherwise under the District's control. In addition, jurisdiction includes all District functions conducted outside the boundaries of the District, where there are District students and staff present.
District police officers shall exercise police authority and powers in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Police department officers are required to limit their actions to incidents that are clearly District-related, except in cases where, as Texas police officers, they have a statutory duty to involve themselves in non-District incidents that are life-threatening, considered felony offenses, or are listed in Chapter 14 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure (arrest without warrant).
Police Authority and Powers
District police officers shall have the same duties, powers, privileges, and immunities of other commissioned peace officers, on or off duty. District police officers shall have the authority to:
Enforce all applicable sections of the Texas Education Code.
Prevent and investigate violations of law, ordinances, or District policy that occur on District property, at school zones and bus stops, or at District functions; that involve District vehicles or buses; or that involve offenses against the District or against District employees or Board members in their capacity as District employees or Board members.
Serve search warrants in connection with District-related investigations and arrest warrants in compliance with the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Take juveniles into custody as provided by the Texas Family Code and the Texas Education Code.
Arrest suspects consistent with state and federal statutory and constitutional standards governing arrests, including arrests without warrant for offenses that occur in the officer's presence or under the other rules set out in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Engage in activities and programs approved by the Superintendent designed to prevent or deter crimes against District employees, students, and visitors or District property.
Carry weapons as directed by the chief of police and approved by the Superintendent and authorized by law.
Assist in providing traffic and parking control at athletic events, at school closings or openings, or at any other time deemed necessary by the Superintendent to ensure the safety and welfare of students, staff, and visitors.
Enforce laws relating to the safe operation of motor vehicles in school zones, at bus stops, or at District functions while on or around school property.
Where appropriate, coordinate and cooperate with commissioned enforcement agencies in the enforcement of these procedures.
Investigate violations of District rules and regulations as requested by the District administration and participate in administrative hearings as requested.
Participate in judicial proceedings.
Provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies. Routine assistance may be provided on an as-needed basis. In an effort to develop and maintain mutual working relationships, the District police department may respond to requests for assistance from other agencies that fall outside the normal scope of operations. All requests of this type shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee.
Limitation on Outside Employment
No District police officer shall provide law enforcement or security services for an outside employer without prior written approval from the chief of police and Superintendent.
Relationship with Outside Agencies
The District shall enter into an interlocal agreement with law enforcement agencies with which it has overlapping jurisdiction that sets forth communication and coordination efforts among the parties. The chief of police and the Superintendent shall review the agreement annually. The agreement shall be approved by the Board beginning August 2015 and presented every three years.
District police officers shall enforce all laws, including municipal ordinances, county ordinances, and state laws within another law enforcement agency's jurisdiction while temporarily assigned to the other agency as approved by the chief of police and Superintendent.
The chief of police shall develop and implement regulations to ensure compliance with state law and the department regulations manual regarding profiling. Police officers employed by the District shall not initiate any law enforcement action based on an individual's race, religion, color, sex, disability, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or ancestral language.
Use of Force
The use of force, including deadly force, shall be authorized only when reasonable and necessary and in compliance with department policies and state and federal law. The use of excessive force is expressly forbidden.
Officers shall not engage in high-speed chases in a motor vehicle when the immediate danger to the public or the officer created by the pursuit exceeds the immediate or potential danger presented by the offenders remaining at large. Guidelines for high-speed pursuits shall be addressed in the department regulations manual.
All District officers shall be receive at least the minimum amount of education and training required by law.
Establishment of a Department Regulations Manual
To carry out the provisions in this policy, the chief of police shall establish a manual that describes and sets forth operational policies, procedures, rules, and regulations pertaining to the administration of police services. The chief of police and the Superintendent shall review the manual at least once every year and effect appropriate revision.
Complaints against a District police officer shall be in writing on a form provided by the District and shall be signed by the person making the complaint. In accordance with law, the District shall provide to the police officer a copy of the complaint. [See COMPLAINTS AGAINST DISTRICT POLICE OFFICERS at CKE(LEGAL)]
Appeals regarding this complaint process shall be filed in accordance with DGBA, FNG, or GF, as appropriate.