Our mission is to promote peace and safety between residents and law enforcement

Texas Traffic Stop builds upon the Community Safety Education Act to enhance the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) basic requirements to provide a training session with dialogue, interaction, research and best practices.

The Community Safety Education Act of Texas was signed into law in 2017 and became effective September 1, 2018. A joint community partnership was formed to bring together youth, adults, police officers, university, and government officials to keep all residents safe during a traffic stop.

The Community Safety Education Act, also known as SB 30, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. The legislation added Section 28.012, regarding the instruction on interaction with law enforcement, to the Texas Education Code (TEC).

The bill requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt rules to include the instruction developed under TEC, §28.012, in one or more courses in the required curriculum for students in grades 9-12. The new requirement applies to any student who enters grade 9 in the 2018-2019 school year and after that, not students in grades 10-12 in the 2018-2019 school year.

Our goal is to educate over 30,000 residents in the Texas Traffic Stop curriculum

We bring an interactive experience to participants that involves having both a peace officer and a civilian (or resident). We strive to guide each training and promote community safety on both sides of a traffic stop interaction. Our curriculum varies in length depending on the target audience for the training – peace officers, residents or future trainers.

Our overall goal is to train over 30,000 citizens between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020 on the curriculum to improve citizen and police contact. Law enforcement officers, high school students, government officials and citizens from every walk of life will receive this training to create a better understanding, increase legitimacy and increase safety for all citizens and police officers.

From Our Texas Traffic Stop Training Sessions

Total Trained

15076

GOAL: 30,000
 

Civilians

8735

 

Officers

5694

 

Training Sessions

199

7 STEPS OF SAFETY

DURING A TRAFFIC VIOLATION STOP

DRIVER

1. Pull over to the right, turn off the car
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2. Turn on hazard lights (and interior lights if dark)
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3. Remain seated, keep your hands visible to the officer
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4. Follow the officer's instructions
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5. Do not reach for anything unless directed to do so
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6. Avoid any sudden movements
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7. Provide driver identification upon request (and concealed carry/handgun license if applicable)

 
OFFICER

1. Greet & identification of the police agency

‍2. Statement of violation committed

‍3. Identification of driver/financial responsibility and check conditions of citizens & vehicle

‍4. Statement of action to be taken

‍5. Take action

6. Explain what the citizen must do

‍7. Leave scene professionally

Our training would not be possible without the help of peace officers and civilian trainers who volunteer their time to implement SB 30 training in their communities and increase the peace. You do not need prior experience as a teacher or trainer to become a part of our movement. Please be sure to sign up for one of our upcoming “SB 30 Training for Trainers” sessions to get started.


Traffic Stop Training Is For:

POLICE OFFICERS: Officers who would like to learn more about community safety education & best practices.

Time: 3 hours

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CIVILIANS & STUDENTS:Residents & students who would like to learn more about community safety education.

Time: 1.5 hours

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TRAINERS: Officers & civilians who would like to learn more about community safety education best practices.

Time: 2 hours

  • John Whitmore

    Too often police encounters are ending in a tragedy, and that’s what we want to stop.  If you feel an officer does you wrong, you don’t take it up with them out on the street, you take it up with an administrator. That’s one of the things I think we’ll teach.

    John Whitmore
    Senator
  • Royce West

    This is not the silver bullet that will impact the entire relationship between law enforcement and citizens, but it’s a step in the right direction.

    Royce West
    Senator
  • Dr. Everette B. Penn

    We think it is going to be a great year bringing together the community and police as we see Senate Bill 30, The Community Safety Education Act, as important legislation that brings safety to Texas.

    Dr. Everette B. Penn
    TAPS Co-founder & Professor of Criminology at University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • C. O. Bradford

    Public safety is a community responsibility. Information is the number one thing officers need from the community to solve crime.

    C. O. Bradford
    Former HPD Chief & City Councilman