Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1965-2001



Overview

Creator: Texas. Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
Title: Records
Dates: 1965-2001
Abstract: These records consist of copies of minutes, press releases, correspondence, membership lists, catalogues, calendars of training, newsletters, and a timeline. The minutes are for meetings of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, 1965-2001; the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute Board of Directors, 1988-1993; and the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee (and its Funding and Design Subcommittees), 1990-1997. The other, miscellaneous, records document the content and delivery of law enforcement officer training and education, personnel changes, changes in membership of the Commission, and other issues of concern to law enforcement officers, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Quantity: 1.42 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education was created in 1965 by Senate Bill 236, 59th Legislature, Regular Session. The initial purpose of the Commission was to establish standards for the training and certification of peace officers, reserve law enforcement officers, and county jailers; to provide for proper training of peace officers and county jailers; and to conduct research and consultation aimed at improving law enforcement management. In 1969 the legislature made the standards established by the commission mandatory. Currently the commission develops and enforces minimum qualifications for the selection, training, and licensing/certification of the following: peace officers, reserve law enforcement officers, county jailers, armed public security guards employed by political subdivisions and by the state, certain homeowner insurance inspectors, crime prevention inspectors, telecommunications personnel, and peace officers who use investigative hypnosis in the investigation of criminal cases.

The commission regulates its licensees by: developing training and continuing education programs; licensing and evaluating training academies and their instructors; administering licensing examinations; and investigating possible violations of the commission's enabling statute, and ordering the denial, revocation, or suspension of licenses.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education makes policy through a 14-member commission, composed of nine members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms, and five ex-officio members. The members elect the chair. The appointed members include the following: three members, each of whom must be either a sheriff, a constable, or a chief of police; three members who must be licensed by this commission (two of whom must be peace officers holding non-supervisory positions with a law enforcement agency); and three members of the general public. The ex-officio members include: the attorney general, the director of the Department of Public Safety, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of higher education (added in 1969), and the executive director of the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office (added in 1987).

The Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute was created in 1989 by Senate Bill 223, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, for the training of police management personnel. The Institute was governed by a board of nine members, each appointed by one member of the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, plus the same five ex officio members as the Commission. In September 1993 (by House Bill 977), the 73rd Texas Legislature placed the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) under the control of the President of Sam Houston State University and moved the headquarters to Huntsville. It is operated and managed as a joint program between Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas Woman's University. In addition to the ex officio members of the old board, the new board is composed of nine members: three licensed peace officers with supervisory experience (one each appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House); three members appointed by the presidents of Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas Woman's University; and three members appointed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (two of whom must be licensed, non-supervisory peace officers).

The Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee (to the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) was created in 1989 (Senate Bill 892, 71st Legislature, Regular Session) for the establishment of a monument memorializing peace officers killed in the line of duty. The duties of the advisory committee included selecting a site on the grounds of the Capitol complex; implementing procedures to solicit designs; raising funds (both public and private); and establishing a schedule for design, construction, and dedication of the memorial. (The memorial was dedicated in May 1999, although it was not quite completed. It is located to the west of the Sam Houston State Office Building.) An important ongoing task of the Committee is to establish and maintain the criteria and procedures for the formal adoption of the names of those to be honored by the memorial. The Advisory Committee is composed of sixteen members, including the following: the attorney general, the director of the Department of Public Safety, the architect of the capitol, three licensed peace officers (appointed by the governor), one surviving spouse of a peace office who died in the line of duty (also appointed by the governor), and nine members who were each appointed by one member of the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records consist of copies of minutes, press releases, correspondence, membership lists, catalogues, calendars of training, newsletters, and a timeline. The minutes are for meetings of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, 1965-2001; the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute Board of Directors, 1988-1993; and the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee (and its Funding and Design Subcommittees), 1990-1997. The minutes document the work accomplished at each meeting. For the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, this work includes: reports by the Executive Director on staff activities; committee reports; final orders and agreed final orders (denial of licenses, revocations, suspensions, voluntary surrenders); motions for rehearing; certifications of training academies; discussions of and decisions on proposed rules; discussions of the strategic plan, legislation, litigation, budget, etc.; comments from interested parties and the general public; etc. Committees established by the Commission include the following: Curriculum, Basic County Corrections Curriculum, County Corrections In-Service Curriculum, Basic Peace Officer Curriculum Standing Revisions, Standing Revisions, License, Law Enforcement Training Provider Evaluation Task Force, etc.

The minutes for meetings of the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute (LEMI) Board of Directors (January 1988-June 1993) document such issues as admission standards, curriculum, class size, length of modules, the examination process, the graduation ceremony, evaluation of graduates, budget and funding, selection of a permanent site, development of a strategic plan, and legislative issues.

Minutes for meetings of the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee (to the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education), and its Funding and Design Subcommittees (March 1990-June 1997) document the official actions of the committee (and the subcommittees) in their meetings, which have included selecting a site on the grounds of the Capitol complex, implementing procedures to solicit designs, raising funds (both public and private), and establishing a schedule for design, construction, and dedication of the memorial.

The miscellaneous records consist of press releases, correspondence, membership lists, catalogues, calendars of training, newsletters, and a timeline, created by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, dating 1965-1987, 1991, 1993-1995. They document the content and delivery of law enforcement officer training and education, personnel changes, changes in membership of the Commission, and other issues of concern to law enforcement officers, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into four series:
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education minutes, 1965-2001, 0.98 cubic ft.
Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute Board of Directors minutes, 1988-1993, 0.1 cubic ft.
Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee minutes, 1990-1997, 0.24 cubic ft.
Press releases and miscellaneous records, 1965-1987, 1991, 1993-1995 (bulk 1984-1987, 1991, 1993-1995), 0.1 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee.
Subjects:
Law enforcement--Study and teaching--Texas.
Peace officers--Texas.
Police training--Texas.
Police--Monuments--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Peace officers--1965-2001.
Reports--Texas--Peace officers--1965-1997.
Press releases--Texas--Peace officers--1968, 1971, 1991, 1994.
Correspondence--Texas--Peace officers--1993-1995.
Newsletters--Texas--Peace officers--1984-1986.
Functions:
Regulating peace officers.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Public Safety, Records, Personnel and Staff Services Division, Training records, 1942-1950, 1957-1970, 7.47 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/060, 1999/026, 2000/057, 2001/039, 2002/070, 2003/145, 2003/150

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education on January 9 and March 18, 1998; September 30, 1998; October 29, 1999; October 18, 2000; and November 7, 2001; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on April 14, 2003; and April 28, 2003.

Processing Information

Tony Black, March 1998, October 1998, October 1999, October 2000, November 2001

Accruals

Additions to Commission minutes are normally transferred to the Texas State Archives several times each year.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education minutes, 1965-2001,
0.98 cubic ft.

These records consist of copies of minutes for quarterly, work session, and special called meetings of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, 1965-2001. The minutes document the work accomplished at each meeting. These items include the following: reports by the Executive Director on staff activities; committee reports; final orders and agreed final orders (denial of licenses, revocations, suspensions, voluntary surrenders); motions for rehearing; certifications of training academies; discussions of and decisions on proposed rules; discussions of the strategic plan, legislation, litigation, budget, etc.; comments from interested parties and the general public; etc. Committees established by the Commission include the following: Curriculum, Basic County Corrections Curriculum, County Corrections In-Service Curriculum, Basic Peace Officer Curriculum Standing Revisions, Standing Revisions, License, Law Enforcement Training Provider Evaluation Task Force, etc.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education minutes, Records, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1998/060, 1999/026, 2000/057, 2001/039, 2002/070, 2003/145
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education on January 9 and March 18, 1998; September 30, 1998; October 29, 1999; October 18, 2000; and November 7, 2001; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on April 14, 2003.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, March 1998, October 1998, October 1999, October 2000, November 2001
box
1998/060-1 October 1965
January and May 1966
June, July, and October 1967
January, May, and August 1968
January and April 1969
August and December 1969
April 1970
June 1970
October 1970
February 1971
August 1971
December 1971
April 1972
October 1972
February 1973
May 1973
September 1973
December 1973
April 1974
August 1974
December 1974
March 1975
July 1975
November 1975
March 1976
May 1976
September 1976
November 1976
February and May 1977
June 1977
August 1977
November 1977
February 1978
August 1978
November 1978
February 1979
May 1979
August 1979
November 1979
February 1980
May 1980
August 1980
November 1980
February 1981
May 1981
August 1981
September and November 1981
February 1982
May 1982
August 1982
November 1982
February 1983
May 1983
November 1983
February 1984
March 1984
May 1984
August 1984
November 1984
February 1985
May 1985
August 1985
September 1985
December 1985
January 1986
March 1986
June 1986
September 1986
December 1986
March 1987
June 1987
September 1987
December 1987
March 1988
June 1988
Work session, September 1988
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1988
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1988
box
1998/060-2 Regular quarterly meeting, March 1989
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1989
Work session, September 1989
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1989
Work session, December 1989
Special called meeting and Regular quarterly meeting, December 1989
Regular quarterly meeting, March 1990
Work session, June 1990
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1990
Work session, September 1990
Regular quarterly meeting (and Summary of work session and quarterly meeting), September 1990
Work session, December 1990
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1990
Work session, March 1991
Regular quarterly meeting, March 1991
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1991
Work session, September 1991
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1991
Work session, December 1991
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1991
Regular quarterly meeting, February 1992
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, June 1992
Work session, September 1992
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1992
Work session, December 1992
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1992
Regular quarterly meeting, January 1993
Work session, March 1993
Special called meeting, March 1993
Work session, June 1993
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1993
Work session, September 1993
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1993
Work session, December 1993
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1993
Workshop meeting, March 1994
Work session, March 1994
Regular quarterly meeting, March 1994
(includes Summary of meetings)
Work session, June 1994
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1994
Special called meeting, August 1994
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, September 1994
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, December 1994
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, March 1995
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, June 1995
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, September 1995
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, December 1995
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, March 1996
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, June 1996
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, September 1996
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, December 1996
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, March 1997
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, June 1997
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, September 1997
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, December 1997
Work session and Regular quarterly meeting, March 1998
box
1999/026 Work session, June 1998
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1998
Work session, September 1998
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1998
Work session, December 1998
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1998
Work session, March 1999
Regular quarterly meeting, March 1999
Work session, June 1999
Regular quarterly meeting, June 1999
Work session, September 1999
Regular quarterly meeting, September 1999
Work session, December 1999
Regular quarterly meeting, December 1999
Work session, March 2000
Regular quarterly meeting, March 2000
Work session, June 2000
Regular quarterly meeting, June 2000
Work session, September 2000
Regular quarterly meeting, September 2000
Special called meeting, November 2000
Work session, December 2000
Regular quarterly meeting, December 2000
Work session, March 2001
Regular quarterly meeting, March 2001
Special called meeting, April 2001
Work session, June 2001
Regular quarterly meeting, June 2001
Work session, September 2001
Regular quarterly meeting, September 2001
Special called meeting, November 2001
Work session, December 2001
Regular quarterly meeting, December 2001



 

Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute Board of Directors minutes, 1988-1993,
0.1 cubic ft.

These records consist of copies of minutes for meetings of the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute (LEMI) Board of Directors, January 1988-June 1993. Minutes are created to document in a thorough but summary fashion the official actions of the board in its meetings, which have included such issues as admission standards, curriculum, class size, length of modules, the examination process, the graduation ceremony, evaluation of graduates, budget and funding, selection of a permanent site, development of a strategic plan, and legislative issues.
Historical Notes
The Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute was created in 1989 by Senate Bill 223, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, for the training of police management personnel. The Institute was governed by a board of nine members, each appointed by one member of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, plus the same five ex officio members as the Commission (the attorney general, the director of the Department of Public Safety, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of higher education, and the executive director of the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office).
In September 1993 (by House Bill 977, 73rd Legislature, Regular Session), the Texas Legislature placed the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) under the control of the President of Sam Houston State University and moved the headquarters to Huntsville. It is operated and managed as a joint program between Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas Woman's University. In addition to the ex officio members of the old board, the new board is composed of nine members: three licensed peace officers with supervisory experience (one each appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House); three members appointed by the presidents of Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas Woman's University; and three members appointed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (two of whom must be licensed, non-supervisory peace officers).
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute Board of Directors minutes, Records, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1998/060, 2003/145
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education on January 9, 1998; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on April 14, 2003.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, March 1998
box
1998/060-2 January 1988
March 1988
June 1988
September 1988
December 1988
[includes agenda]
February 1989
May 1989
September 1989
November 1989
December 1989
March 1990
May 1990
August 1990
December 1990
February 1991
May 1991
August 1991
November 1991
February 1992
May 1992
August 1992
December 1992
March 1993
June 1993



 

Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee minutes, 1990-1997,
0.24 cubic ft.

These records consist of copies of minutes for meetings of the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee (to the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education), and its Funding and Design Subcommittees, March 1990-June 1997. Minutes are created to document in a thorough but summary fashion the official actions of the committee (and the subcommittees) in their meetings, which have included selecting a site on the grounds of the Capitol complex, implementing procedures to solicit designs, raising funds (both public and private), and establishing a schedule for design, construction, and dedication of the memorial.
Historical Notes
The Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee (to the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) was created in 1989 (Senate Bill 892, 71st Legislature, Regular Session) for the establishment of a monument memorializing peace officers killed in the line of duty. The duties of the advisory committee included selecting a site on the grounds of the Capitol complex; implementing procedures to solicit designs; raising funds (both public and private); and establishing a schedule for design, construction, and dedication of the memorial. (The memorial was dedicated in May 1999, although it was not quite completed. It is located to the west of the Sam Houston State Office Building.) An important ongoing task of the Committee is to establish and maintain the criteria and procedures for the formal adoption of the names of those to be honored by the memorial. The Advisory Committee is composed of sixteen members, including the following: the attorney general, the director of the Department of Public Safety, the architect of the capitol, three licensed peace officers (appointed by the governor), one surviving spouse of a peace office who died in the line of duty (also appointed by the governor), and nine members who were each appointed by one member of the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Advisory Committee minutes, Records, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1998/060
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education on January 9, 1998.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, March 1998
box
1998/060-3 Advisory Committee, March 1990
Advisory Committee, May 1990
Funding Subcommittee, June 1990
Design Subcommittee, June and July 1990
Advisory Committee, August 1990
Funding Subcommittee, August 1990
Funding Subcommittee, October 1990
Funding Subcommittee, November 1990
Advisory Committee, December 1990
Funding Subcommittee, January 1991
Advisory Committee, February 1991
Advisory Committee, April 1991
Funding Subcommittee, May 1991
Advisory Committee, September 1991
Advisory Committee, November 1991
Advisory Committee, March 1992
Advisory Committee, June 1992
Advisory Committee, September 1992
Advisory Committee, December 1992
Advisory Committee, March 1993
Advisory Committee, May 1993
Advisory Committee, September 1993
Advisory Committee, December 1993
Advisory Committee, March 1994
Advisory Committee, May 1994
Advisory Committee, September 1994
Advisory Committee, April 1996
Advisory Committee, May 1996
Advisory Committee, June 1996
Advisory Committee, December 1996
Advisory Committee, March 1997
Advisory Committee, June 1997



 

Press releases and miscellaneous records, 1965-1987, 1991, 1993-1995 (bulk 1984-1987, 1991, 1993-1995),
0.1 cubic ft.

These records consist of press releases, correspondence, membership lists, catalogues, calendars of training, newsletters, and a timeline, created by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, dating 1965-1987, 1991, 1993-1995. They document the content and delivery of law enforcement officer training and education, personnel changes, changes in membership of the Commission, and other issues of concern to law enforcement officers, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by type of record, then usually in reverse chronological order within each folder.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases and miscellaneous records, Records, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2003/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on April 28, 2003.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, May 2003
box
1999/026 Press releases, 1968, 1971, 1991, 1994
"Dates of importance: 1965-1985," [1985]
Lists of Commission members, 1980, 1987
Correspondence with Legislative Reference Library, 1993-1995
Lead-Up Bulletin, 1984-1986
Calendar of training, October-December 1986
Calendar of training, January-March 1987
Course title listing, April 1987
Course catalogue, April 1993