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COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER STANDARDS AND EDUCATION. The Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, established in 1965, was composed in 1993 of fourteen members: five ex-officio members, including the commissioner of higher education (see TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD), the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the attorney general, the director of the governor's Office of Criminal Justice Division, and nine citizens appointed by the governor with concurrence of the Senate for six-year overlapping terms. An executive director appointed by the commission is the chief administrative officer.

The commission tries to improve training of law enforcement officers and to direct research in this field. It establishes mandatory standards for qualifications for training peace officers and county jailers and is authorized to certify training programs as having attained minimum standards, to certify instructors, and to certify law enforcement officers as having achieved certain standards of education, training, and experience. The program was voluntary under the original law, but 1969 amendments made such training and education mandatory for all peace officers. A 1971 amendment established minimum requirements and training standards for all reserve officers. In 1981 the legislature mandated the agency to license officers and in 1987 extended the mandate to licensing armed public-security officers and certifying hypnotic investigators, telecommunicators, and inspectors of home-owners' insurance. The commission program includes a system of regional training centers, junior college programs in police science, and introductory courses for high school seniors. In 1993 he agency issued licenses to new peace officers, jailers or guards of county jails, and reserve law-enforcement officers. In 1987 it had sixty-three employees and a budget of $1,929,306. In 1992 the appropriations had increased to $3,758,825, and the number of employees had dropped to fifty-three.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER STANDARDS AND EDUCATION," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.