Effective September 1, 2017, a person may not serve as a court security officer for an appellate, district, statutory county, county, municipal or justice court in this state unless the person holds a court security certification issued by a training program approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). However, a court security officer is not required to hold a court security certification to provide security to a court before the first anniversary of the date the officer begins providing security for the court. A court security officer is defined as a constable, sheriff, sheriff's deputy, municipal peace officer, or any other person assigned to provide security for an appellate, district, statutory county, county, municipal, or justice court in this state. (See, Chapter 158 of the Government Code, Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., eff. September 1, 2017.)
The changes in law regarding court security certification are a result of S.B. 42 (See also, the TMCEC bill summary and commentary). Note that the bill provides that a person serving as a court security officer on the effective date of the Act is not required to receive the required certification before September 1, 2019 (See Section 30 of the bill). According to the bill, TCOLE, in consultation with OCA, is tasked with developing a model court security curriculum for court security officers as required by the bill.
The Texas Legislature, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Texas Municipal Courts Association recognize the importance of training and allocating funds for training the people who maintain courtroom security, serve process for the court, and assist in fine collection and enforcement. Bailiff/Warrant Officer seminars offered by TMCEC always contain a court security component, making costs for attending reimbursable through the Municipal Court Building Security Fund. (See Article 102.017 of the Code of Criminal Procedure).
Note: Commissioned peace officers licensed by TCOLE are mandated by the Texas Legislature to receive 40 hours of continuing education every training unit (two years). Currently, officers must receive these 40 hours between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2017. All officers, regardless of proficiency certificate level (i.e., basic, intermediate, or master peace officer designation), must complete at least two hours of instruction in Course Number 3184 (State and Federal Legal Update). For more information on all training requirements, go to the website for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Helping the court design your city's citations?
Download this document to view all of the legal requirements for notices to appear. (NOTE: This document is currently being revised to reflect the changes from the 85th Legislative Session. Among the changes, effective June 1, 2017, a citation for an offense under Section 601.191 of the Transportation Code must include an affirmative indication that the peace officer was unable at the time of the alleged offense to verify financial responsibility for the vehicle through the verification program established under Subchapter N.)
(TCOLE Courses 21001 - 21007 40 hours)
Below is a list of upcoming certification courses. If you would like a training added to the list, please contact Regan Metteauer (firstname.lastname@example.org). These courses are not offered by or affiliated with TMCEC. Click on the links below for registration information; The TMCEC office cannot answer questions regarding these trainings.
|September 11 - 15, 2017||TCOLE 21001 - 21007 (40 hours)||Lakeway Marshal's Service||
Fred Johnson, Chief City Marshal
|September 25 - 29, 2017||TCOLE 21001 - 21007 (40 hours)||Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Registration Information|
|October 11, 2017||Introduction to Court Security TCOLE 21001 (4 hours)||Rockwall County Sheriff's Office||Registration Information|
|October 23 - 27, 2017||TCOLE 21001 - 21007 (40 hours)||Midland Municipal Court||Registration Information|
|November 6 - 10, 2017||TCOLE 21001 - 21007 (40 hours)||Ellis County Sheriff's Office||Registration Information|
|February 12 - 16, 2018||TCOLE 21001 - 21007 (40 hours)||Burleson||Registration Information|
Registration for FY18 is now open!
2018 Bailiffs/Warrant Officers Conference
TMCEC is offering a 12-hour conference for bailiffs and warrant officers who work in Texas municipal courts (plus an optional four-hour pre-conference session). The FY18 conference will be held on May 14-16, 2018 at the Omni Austin Southpark Hotel in Austin (4140 Governors Row). Check back in 2018 for the conference brochure and agenda.
Conference participation will count for up to 16 hours of TCOLE credit. Partial credit will not be given.
TMCEC is contracted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to provide training courses. Courses offered by TMCEC may be submitted to TCOLE for credit. Participants are eligible for 12 hours of TCOLE credit, for those bailiffs or warrant officers who also maintain a Texas peace officer license. Four additional mandatory TCOLE hours may be gained by attending the optional pre-conference session.
All Texas peace officers, jailers, and telecommunicators have a PID number. You must provide your TCOLE PID number and date of birth during registration to receive TCOLE continuing education credit for completed coursework, as social security numbers are no longer being used. Contact the TCOLE Credentialing Department at 512.936.7700 if you do not know your TCOLE PID number. The PID number is mandatory only for licensed Texas peace officers; if you are not a licensed Texas peace officer, you do not need to fill in the TCOLE PID information.
Waiver of Registration Fees
If an individual, city, or court is unable to pay the registration fee, please write a letter explaining the financial difficulty to the Board of Directors for consideration 45 days prior to the event. Address your letter to TMCEC Board of Directors, c/o Hope Lochridge, Executive Director, 2210 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78756.
Cancellations and Refunds