1. Are White Settlement ISD Police Officers real police?
Yes. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedures Article 2.12 identifies peace officers including, Officers commissioned under Section 37.001 of the Texas Education Code (ISD Police). All White Settlement ISD Police Officers are peace officers licensed by the State of Texas and commissioned by White Settlement ISD. They have all powers, responsibilities, and immunities as do all other Texas peace officer.
2. What authorizes the Board to employ police officers?
The Texas Education Code, Section 37.001 authorizes the District’s Board of Trustees to employ security personnel and commission police officers. It is the Board’s responsibility to determine the jurisdiction of police officers employed by the District.
3. Can White Settlement ISD Police Officers make arrests off campus?
Yes. White Settlement ISD Police Officers can arrest offenders of the law both on and off campus.
4. Can a White Settlement ISD Police Officer issue me a traffic ticket?
Yes. White Settlement ISD Police Officers are authorized to issue traffic citations, on or off school property.
5. What happens if I don't pay my ticket?
If you do not appear in court or pay your fine, a warrant for your arrest may be issued by the court.
6. What role do district police officers play in school discipline?
None. Police officers are not disciplinarians and should not be used as such. Their role is to investigate violations of law and ordinances in accordance with the authority and power specified in Board Policy. While police actions may result in the assignment of a disciplinary consequence, discipline is the responsibility of campus administrators.