The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE or the Commission) regulates law enforcement personnel, police officers, corrections officers, and public security officers in Texas. TCOLE issues licenses to applicants who meet the statutory standards and investigates certain complaints made against Texas law enforcement officers.
The Commission has the authority to investigate complaints against law enforcement officers for:
- Jurisdictional complaints resolved: 6,487
- An alleged violation of a law or rule relates to licensing, certification or appointment;
- A licensed officer is facing criminal charges or other legal consequences for a covered criminal offense (anything above a Class C misdemeanor);
- An alleged issue involves fraudulent or substandard training by a person, training provider, or law enforcement academy.
The Commission does not have the authority to investigates complaints alleging instances of rudeness, unprofessional conduct, or improper investigations. TCOLE does not have jurisdiction over these types of complaints.
Complaints against an individual, agency, or training provider regulated by the Commission may be filed by anyone. If the complaint is jurisdictional and the preliminary investigation yields sufficient information to indicate that a violation of the TCOLE rules, the Texas Occupations Code, or another applicable law has occurred, then an administrative or criminal case will be opened by the enforcement division.
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