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Chairman James White's Texas Crime Stoppers Council Reform Implemented Statewide  print page

by: Rep. White, James
11/19/2019

(Austin, TX) - State Representative James White was proud to work with Governor Greg Abbott in passing House Bill 3316 during the 86th Legislative Session. The passage of this legislation was necessary to fully implement elements of the governor's School and Firearm Safety Action Plan by expanding the Campus Crime Stopper Programs.

HB 3316 expands cooperation between the Texas Crime Stoppers Council or a crime stoppers organization and school districts/charter schools. The council or organization may accept tips from any person regarding criminal activity, conduct or threatened conduct that constitutes a danger to public or an individual's safety, or conduct or threatened conduct that would disrupt the efficient and effective operations of a district or charter school. Tips may be forwarded to law enforcement, school districts or charter schools, as appropriate.

The council is also encouraged to advise and assist in the creation of campus-based Crime Stoppers organizations to increase the detection of conduct and/or criminal activity that can be reported.

"It is imperative that we strengthen the tools at our disposal to ensure that we maintain our Texas students and our educators safe. Our schools should be a place of learning where outstanding educators can focus on providing a 21st Century educational foundation to our youth," said Rep. White. "I thank the governor for his leadership on the School and Firearm Safety Action Plan and to those who serve our crime stopper organizations across the state."

HB 3316 became effective on September 1st, 2019. We fully encourage students, parents, and teachers to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) should they have any activity to report. More information on Texas Crime Stoppers can be found here: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/crime-stoppers.

Please do not hesitate to contact Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff, with questions regarding this release at 512-463-0490 or 409-283-3700.

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