Texas Requires All Students To Watch This Video About How To Interact With Cops

A new law requires all Texas students to take a class on how to interact with police before graduation.

Austin, TX – A new Texas law requires that all students must be taught how to interact with police before they graduate from high school.

The Community Safety Education Act, authored by State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas), called for students to be taught about how to act when stopped by police officers as part of their regular curriculum, KIII reported.

Senate Bill 30 was written as tensions grew in the wake of several police shootings of unarmed citizens, according to The Hill.

The required curriculum includes a 16-minute video, starting with an introduction by West, that goes through several reenactments of traffic stops and is presented in a what-to-do sort of format.

“The goal of the act was to define the behavior expectations of citizens and law enforcement during traffic interactions,” West said, looking into the camera. “We know that in some communities there’s an issue concerning trust between law enforcement and the community.”

The video and associated class are entitled the “Civilian Interaction Training Program,” and it is now considered a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the public high schools in Texas, according to The Hill.

The video began with a what-not-to-do scenario where two teenage girls did everything that you’re not supposed to do when you get pulled over by the police – such as reaching for things under your seat and hiding your hands.

The video explains what should happen when you’re stopped. And features a question and answer segment where “regular” citizens ask questions about how to handle their own traffic stops.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo made a cameo in the video to explain what to do if you think the stop or ticket was unfair, and how to complain about treatment by a police officer to their employing agency.

The video answered some common questions about why officers might ask drivers to put their windows down, and why an officer might ask a driver and their passengers to step out of a vehicle, but it did not address anything about complying with police commands or being taken into custody.

The freshman class that began school in September are the first group of students to be required to complete the instruction prior to graduation, KABB reported.

All members of Texas law enforcement must complete the training by 2020.

You can see the video below. WARNING - It's awful:

Comments (20)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Are they serious? It used to be that kids were brought up to respect adults and anyone in authority, including police officers - and it was the PARENTS' job to do that, not the school's! Sigh. And really, it's not a complicated concept to grasp - just do whatever the officer tells you to do.

angeleyes
angeleyes

boring to me, as an adult; boring to teens with the attention span of a gnat. Need to shorten the video and tell them what to do first. Questions on the driving test regarding this topic should be on the test.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I liked the part where they said that officers have bodycams and dashcams now. That is the best way to make sure all parties behave as they should.

Skidoo
Skidoo

Great idea. Today's tv and movie makers aren't depicting police as a positive presence which is part of the problem. Good to see Texas lawmakers doing something about it.

unholyone
unholyone

Here's the video that should be shown and will get the students' attention. Warning: language! But the kids use it anyway.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Is there some perception out there that police are not a positive presence? If so, where does that perception come from? Does it come from the way police officers behave in real life?

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

It's a good idea, but more thought should have been put into it. The start is a man reading his lines, and not very well at that. Frankly, if the students are required to watch before graduation, I would just stay in school. BORING

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Kids have to be taught common sense now?