Texas Students Required To View How-To Interact With Police Video

Sep 24, 2018

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO - Texas Education Agency is finishing up a video for high school students, adults, and police cadets on proper interactions during a traffic stop.
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POLICE  INTERACTION  VIDEO:   The Texas Education Agency is finalizing a video for high  school  students  and adults  that  is supposed to show how to interact with police officers during a traffic stop.  During the last legislative session, Senator  Royce Wes, a  Democrat from Dallas, helped author Senate Bill 30 aimed at reducing  tension  during  traffic  stops.  He explained  the  purpose  behind  the  video  to  Public Radio KUT in Austin.  Wes said “There’s a high likelihood that people will get the information necessary to determine what they need to do and what officers should be doing and if the officers are doing it how to compliment an officer and if an officer is not doing it how to file a complaint.”  

Sen Royce Wes (D-Dallas) co-authored SB-30 to focus on traffic stop safety between citizens and police.
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The video program on police-civilian interactions will be mandatory viewing  for students, people getting their driver’s licenses for the first time and as well as police cadets.   Shelly Ramos is a curriculum division director at the Texas Education Agency.          

Ramos explained "So districts have the flexibility in determining which course or courses that instruction would most appropriately be provided, and then the State Board of Education in April required districts to add completion of the instruction on to the students’ transcripts.” 

The bill was passed by the Texas state legislature in 2017 with support from civil rights groups and   Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. 

In Louisiana there is a law that  requires driver’s education courses to  include  traffic  stop  etiquette.  Since January 1st of this year, Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles has been testing applicants on the subject.