Frequently Asked Questions
Are Spring ISD Police Officers really Police Officers?
Yes, Spring ISD Police Officers are really Police Officers. They are commissioned by the Board of Trustees of the District. The authority to commission police officers comes from the Texas Education Code under section 37.081. The Board of Trustees sets the jurisdiction and scope of duties for school district police. School District police are authorized to enforce all laws and may arrest individuals found in violation of those laws.
Additionally, traffic safety has become a leading concern, surrounding student safety while traveling to and from schools and district programs. Spring ISD Officers may write both (traffic) and (non-traffic) citations for appropriate offenses that are covered by State law including offenses listed in the Texas Education Code. These citations are filed with the appropriate Justice of the Peace.
How Many Spring ISD Police Officers are there?
There are 69 sworn officers for the school district, including the Chief of Police. In addition to sworn officers, we have non-sworn personnel consisting of dispatchers, clerical staff and records clerks.
Who do Spring ISD School District Officers work for?
Spring ISD Officers work for the district that commissions them. Under the Education Code of the State of Texas, school district police officers are supervised by the Chief of Police of the school district. This matter falls under 37.081 of the Texas Education Code. The Police Chief answers to the Superintendent or his/her designee.
What is the most common crime on campuses?
Theft is the most common type of crime. Almost daily, someone leaves a valuable item (i.e.; cell phone/electronic/digital device) unattended when they go to the lunchroom, to an adjoining classroom, to get a cup of coffee or to make a phone call. Upon their return, the item is gone. Theft can be prevented. Please do not leave anything of value unattended. Not all persons attending schools or visiting our facilities are there for an education. If you see anyone suspicious, promptly call the Spring ISD Police Department.
Can officers make my child get up and attend school?
No, School refusal is when a child does not want to go to school, or is afraid to go to school, or refuses to go to school. Often these children will be sick or miserable in the mornings. They want to stay at home rather than go out and do other things.
For helpful information on the subject select School refusal and truancy.
How does someone report an incident?
They may call the Spring ISD Police Dispatcher at (281) 891-6911, 24-hours a day. The report will be given to an officer who will respond to the matter.
But I want to remain anonymous, What can I do?
Spring ISD and our Police Department have made available the CRIME LINE (281-891-6900). The Crime Line enables students, parents, teachers, and staff to provide anonymous tips and information 24 hours a day.
Online and cell phone application reporting through both Crime Stoppers and Harris County iWatch allows tipsters to give information, remain anonymous without the threat of retribution and receive cash rewards.