Executive Orders issued following El Paso Odessa Shootings
AUSTIN Texas (Texas Insider Report) Texas must achieve several objectives to better protect our communities and our residents from mass shootings. One of those objectives is to marshal law enforcement resources to stop violent criminals before they commit mass murders said Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today while issuing 8 Executive Orders in his first response to the deadly shootings in El Paso and Odessa.
But more must be done. I will continue to work expeditiously with the legislature on laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals while safeguarding the 2nd Amendment Rights of law-abiding Texans Abbott said.
Gov. Abbott issued the orders to enhance reporting requirements and ensure law enforcement and the public have the training tools and resources they need to provide and respond to what are known as Suspicious Activity Reports.
The governor also announced he will release next week the findings and recommendations developed by the Texas Safety Commission which he recently created in mid-August.
The Executive Orders issued by Abbott Thursday are:
- Within 30 days of this order the Texas Department of Public Safety shall develop standardized intake questions that can be used by all Texas law-enforcement agencies to better identify whether a person calling the agency has information that should be reported to the Texas Suspicious Activity Reporting Network.
- Within 30 days of this order the Department of Public Safety shall develop clear guidance based on the appropriate legal standard for when and how Texas law-enforcement agencies should submit Suspicious Activity Reports.
- Within 60 days of this order the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement shall make training available to educate all law-enforcement officers regarding the standards that will be developed pursuant to Order No. 1 and Order No. 2.
- The Department of Public Safety shall create and conduct an initiative to raise public awareness and understanding of how Suspicious Activity Reports are used by law-enforcement agencies to identify potential mass shooters or terroristic threats so that the general public and friends family members coworkers neighbors and classmates will be more likely to report information about potential gunmen.
- The Department of Public Safety shall work with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on ways to better inform schools students staff and families about the importance of Suspicious Activity Reports and how to initiate that process.
- The Department of Public Safety shall work with local law enforcement mental-health professionals school districts and others to create multidisciplinary threat assessment teams for each of its regions and when appropriate shall coordinate with federal partners.
- The Department of Public Safety as well as the Office of the Governor shall use all available resources to increase staff at all fusion centers in Texas for the purpose of better collecting and responding to Suspicious Activity Reports and better monitoring and analyzing social media and other online forums for potential threats.
- Beginning January 1 2020 all future grant awards from the Office of the Governor to counties shall require a commitment that the county will report at least 90 percent of convictions within seven business days to the Criminal Justice Information System at the Department of Public Safety. By January 1 2021 such reporting must take place within five business days.