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									 LAWS & ORDINANCES
          STATE LAWS
  Enacted by State Legislation
Enforced by all law enforcement
            except:
   Federal Law Enforcement
               FBI
              DEA
    Branches of Law Enforcement
• State Level
• Statewide Jurisdiction to include
  municipalities
  – DPS
     • Highway Patrol
     • Criminal Law Enforcement-Investigator’s
          – Narcotics
          – Auto Theft
          – Special Crimes
     • Texas Rangers
          – 7 Ranger Outposts in State (A-G)
Branches of Law Enforcement
  – Has same authority as a Sheriff in any county or any
    jurisdiction.
  – Texas Government Code Section 411.024 protects the
    historical importance and symbolism of the Texas Rangers
    from ever being abolished.
   Branches of Law Enforcement
• County Level
• Countywide jurisdiction to include
  municipalities.
  – County Sheriff’s Office
     • Not considered a “Department” because Sheriff is
       elected official.
     • Answers to the County Commissioner’s Court
     • Responsible for all civil process, jail or correctional
       facility housed within the county
Branches of Law Enforcement
 • All law enforcement within the boundaries of the
   county.
    – Does not have to be a licensed Peace Officer
    – Must have a High School Diploma (Only qualification)
    Branches of Law Enforcement
• Constables
• Jurisdiction primarily within Precinct served.
  – Williamson County has four (4) separate precincts
    each of which has it’s own Constable.
  – Responsible for executing civil process and
    warrants within jurisdiction.
  – Answers to the County Commissioner’s Court
    Branches of Law Enforcement
• Municipal Level
• Jurisdiction limited to confines of city limits.
   – City Police Department
   – City Marshal
      • Enforces laws of state of Texas as well as all city
        ordinances
      • Police Chief answers to Mayor and City Council.

								
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