Wednesday, February 07, 2007

TCLEOSE: 770 Texas peace officers currently indicted or under arrest!

More from the House Appropriations Criminal Justice Subcommittee hearing this afternoon:

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is the licensing agency, said the director, for 75,000 peace officers and 25,000 jailers in Texas and supervises 280 peace officer academies. They also (in theory) regulate police misconduct (though mostly that means rescinding officers' licenses if they've been convicted of felonies or official oppression).

According to the director's testimony, there are currently 770 licensed Texas peace officers who are either indicted or under arrest, and whom TCLEOSE is monitoring to ensure their license is revoked if they're convicted. TCLEOSE is frustrated that LBB's proposal doesn't fund travel for their staff to monitor these officers.

That's a helluva lot of arrested and indicted cops!! I've never seen a comprehensive study of indicted or arrested Texas officers, but I had no idea the numbers were that high.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does this come as any surprise....absolutely not. One only need look at the caliber of cops and guards hired these days to see the demi gods aren't all they are cracked up to be. Funny thing is that they usually get short sentences, if any sentence at all, and they walk away smelling like a rose while the rest of society is held up to a higher standard and a stronger punishment rule. Would be very interesting to know the actual number of guards at TDCJ that have been arrested or have a record that should eliminate them from being hired. Once heard the saying that the ones in gray are but a step away from having their uniforms bleached white or that they are just like the criminals and haven't been caught yet. Only in Texas can a plea agreement for a convicted TDCJ employee (sex offense) contain the clause that he doesn't have to register as a sex offender. Wonder if Shapiro knows about this one??

Tracey Hayes said...

WHAT!?!?!?

Is this in the law, in the statute?

Why would any sex offender, especially one who would commit crimes against captives, be excluded from the registry?

800 pound gorilla said...

Who cares about the short sentences! This is only the tip of the iceberg. For every chicken in the coup, there must be at least 2 or 3 hidden in the barnyard by other chickens. The police are exactly like gangs: they cover each others' butts or they get ostracized by other gang members.

Rusty said...

To One and All,

Has anybody noticed the overwhelming majority of officers are being taken down due to DRUGS! And yet we continue to fund and go forward with a KNOWN failure the war on drugs! WHY? If drugs can take down a cop, what chance does a everyday person have?? And if this war is working why isn't the need for resources dropping? Why are our jails and prisons and courts not having less loads? Why are we hearing of more and more horror stories and large sweeps and drug busts???

BECASUE IT IS NOT WORKING!

There has to be a better way!

Rusty White
Speaker www,leap.cc

Anonymous said...

1% That's a statistical anomaly.

It's likely that these 1% are primarily off-duty DWI's, bad checks, etc. Not good, but probably not the bad story you're looking for, either.