Texas lawmakers are likely to take a close look this legislative session at how law enforcement and civilians interact with each other, reports the Texas Tribune. Key members of the legislature want to address the rights — and responsibilities – of both police and the Texans they are charged with protecting. Some lawmakers want police to know that the state has their backs by equipping them with stronger bulletproof vests and passing hate crime legislation that would recognize law enforcement as a protected class. Legislators are also likely to debate whether to improve jail safety.
Some lawmakers want taxpayers to pay for bulletproof that can sustain high-caliber rounds of ammunition for all patrol officers. Others want targeting police officers to be treated as a hate crime. Several lawmakers want teenage students and police to learn in classroom settings how to interact with each other.